Southern Mississippi scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back in an 88-74 victory over Coppin State in the first round of the BVI Tropical Shootout in the British Virgin Islands on Friday night.
Southern Miss finished 29-for-38 (76 percent) from two-point range and scored easily and often in cruising to the win.
Free throws helped keep the Eagles close on the other end of the floor. Coppin State made 27 of its 32 attempts from the foul line.
Southern Miss moves on to play Arkansas-Little Rock in the BVI title game on Sunday. Coppin State meets Jacksonville State for third place.