CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Jacobi Boykins and Derric Jean combined for 35 points and Louisiana Tech led most of the way to defeat George Mason 77-64 on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Cancun Challenge.

Jalen Harris canned a 3-point shot to break an early 5-5 tie and Jean added another trey and Louisiana Tech (4-0) never looked back, building a 42-24 lead by halftime.

Boykins led the Bulldogs with 18 points with five 3-pointers, Jean added 17 points and a pair of 3-pointers as the team made 11 of 24 from long range. DaQuan Bracey scored 10 points and was credited with five assists and Harris also scored 10 points with a pair of treys and a steal.

George Mason battled back to within nine, 71-60, when Otis Livingston II hit a jumper, but that came with 1:22 left in the game. George Mason called timeout, but Jean pushed the lead back to 10 with a dunk, Harris added a pair from the line, and Jean hit a jump shot.

Goanar Mar led the Patriots (3-2) 17 points, eight rebounds.