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Men's Basketball Earns Hard Fought Victory at Tulane, 70-59

Feb. 23, 2008

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - Jeremy Wise scored 27 points, including 19 in the second half, as Southern Miss won for the first time at Tulane since 2004, defeating the Green Wave, 70-59, Saturday night at Fogleman Arena.

The win gave the Golden Eagles a season sweep of Tulane for the first time since the 2003-04 season, while handing Southern Miss (15-11, 7-5 C-USA) its second consecutive road win after dropping its first eight.

"This was a flip from last year," said Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy. "We hung in there. We changed the defense up. This team has grown up so much from a few months ago. They have just matured, they're more professional, and I'm really pleased by that. I just really like their togetherness, and the way they're playing as team right now."

The teams battled throughout the first half, going shot-for-shot for the first eight minutes. With Tulane (15-11, 5-7 C-USA) ahead 16-15, the Green Wave went on an 11-3 run, capped off by Kevin Sims' third three-pointer of the half to give Tulane a 27-18 lead.

But, the Golden Eagles came right back, outscoring the Green Wave, 13-5, go into halftime down just one, 32-31.

For the half, Tulane shot 57.1% (12-of-21) including 5-of-9 from behind the arc, while Southern Miss shot 46.2% (12-of-26).

After Tulane opened the second half with a lay-up, the Eagles scored the next six points to take a 37-34 lead. However, Kris Richard nailed a three to tie the game and trigger a 10-2 Green Wave run.

Once again, Southern Miss came back, scoring the next three points to retake the lead. The teams traded baskets over the two minutes, until Andre Stephens hit a lay-with ten minutes left to give the Eagles the lead for good, 50-49.

Southern Miss outscored Tulane 20-10 the rest of way, as Wise connected on seven straight free throws to seal the victory.

Along with his 27 points, Wise hit 12-of-14 from the line. Andre Stephens scored 13 points and seven rebounds. Sai'Quon Stone added eight boards in the victory.

Kevin Sims led Tulane with 17 points, including 15 in the first half. Richard added 15 for the Green Wave.

The Golden Eagles were 23-of-48 (47.9%) from the field, while Tulane shot 45.8% (22-48), but was just 3-of-11 in the second half.

Southern Miss closes out the two-game road trip next Wednesday, February 27, when the Golden Eagles face Houston at 7:00 p.m. (CT) at Hofheinz Pavilion.

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