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Louisiana Tech uses big 2nd-half run to beat Ole Miss in NIT

Louisiana Tech forward Isaiah Crawford (22) attempts a layup as Mississippi forward Robert...
Louisiana Tech forward Isaiah Crawford (22) attempts a layup as Mississippi forward Robert Allen (21) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT, Friday, March 19, 2021, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)(Brandon Wade | AP Photo)
Updated: Mar. 21, 2021 at 8:52 AM CDT
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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Freshman Kenneth Lofton Jr. scored a season-high 22 points with seven rebounds and Louisiana Tech beat short-handed Mississippi 70-61 in the first round of the NIT Tournament.

Louisiana Tech will play Western Kentucky on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Lofton scored 11 points in the first 10:13 of the second half to spark Louisiana Tech’s 22-4 run for a 49-41 lead.

The Bulldogs scored 15 straight points during the run, opened and closed by Lofton.

Ole Miss started the half 2 of 13 from the field. Amorie Archibald scored all 14 of his points in the second half for Louisiana Tech. Jarkel Joiner led Ole Miss with 22 points.