CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on the Cancun Challenge (all times local):
Garrett Sams and Noah Horchler posted double-doubles and North Florida defeated Southern Miss 64-48 in the Cancun Challenge Tuesday, handing the Golden Eagles their first loss of the season.
Sams scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his first double-double this season while Horchler had 13 points and 16 rebounds for his third.
JT Escobar made four 3-pointers and added 14 points for the Ospreys (2-2).
Tim Rowe scored 12 points and Cortez Edwards 11 for the Golden Eagles (3-1) with Tyree Griffin collecting eight assists and six steals.
Sams hit a pair of baskets to cap an 8-0 game-opening run and the Ospreys remained in front, taking a 44-23 halftime lead.
The Ospreys made only 6 of 33 3-pointers and had 18 turnovers but outrebounded the Eagles 51-35. Southern Miss made just 2 of 19 from the arc with 16 turnovers.
North Florida plays Jacksonville State on Wednesday for the Mayan Division championship while Southern Miss and Western Carolina will play for third place.
Jamall Gregory and Derek St. Hilaire each scored 15 points, helping Jacksonville State beat Western Carolina 84-53 on Tuesday in the Cancun Challenge for its first victory of the season.
Gregory also had five steals as Jacksonville State set a Cancun Challenge record with 19 steals, topping VCU's 14 against Vanderbilt in 2008.
Christian Cunningham added 11 points and De'Torrion Ware 10 for Jacksonville State (1-3). The Gamecocks were outrebounded 43-26, but made 52 percent of their shots and attempted 24 free throws.
Jacksonville State ended the first half on an 11-2 run for a 33-24 lead. JSU went on a 29-2 run over a seven-minute second-half stretch to take control with a 64-33 advantage.
Matt Halvorsen made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Western Carolina (1-4). Carlos Dotson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, but also turned it over nine times. The Catamounts shot 38 percent, went to the free-throw line just four times and had 36 turnovers.