Southern Miss defeat Charleston Southern 78-71 in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament Wednesday. The Golden Eagles were led by Jonathan Mills with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Tonight's win over Charleston Southern marked Southern Miss's ninth appearance in the NIT. The victory improves the Golden Eagles' record to 7-7 all-time in the tournament.
Southern Miss (26-9) advances to the second round, where the Golden Eagles will host No. 5 Louisiana Tech (27-6) at 9 p.m. Monday. The last meeting between Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech took place December 8th, 2012, and the Bulldogs edged the Golden Eagles 65-55 in Ruston.
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