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Eagles Open 2002 Play, At Memphis




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Eagles Open 2002 Play, At Memphis
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss will try to snap a two-game losing streak when the Golden Eagles visit Memphis for a Jan. 5, 7 p.m., game against a Tiger team that has posted a 10-4 record that includes losses to Arkansas, Iowa, Alabama and Ole Miss, and quality victories over Tennessee, Temple, Old Dominion, and Austin Peay, among others.

Heading into the first of two games this season with the National Division rival Tigers, Southern Miss has won four straight over Memphis, as well as seven of the last eight. The Tigers still enjoy a solid 43-21 edge in the series that started in the 1937-38 season. The two teams have played at least once each season since the 1984 season.

Heralded freshman guard DeJuan Wagner leads the Tigers in scoring at 22.5 points a game, with Kelly Wise (12.7) and Scooter McFadgon (11.9) both averaging double figures.

Memphis is averaging 82.2 points a game while limiting opponents to 65.3. The Tigers also hold a solid (44.9-to-35.1) edge in rebounding.

For Southern Miss, Elvin Mims continues to pace the scorers at 18.1 points a game, and sophomore Clement Carter has increased his recent production and is averaging 12.0 points a game. Mims also leads the rebounders at 6.9 a game.

The Golden Eagles are averaging 63.7 points a game, giving up 63.6.

Southern Miss is coming off a 64-55 loss a week ago at Auburn. The Golden Eagles fell behind by 10 at halftime, outscored the Tigers in the second half, but not by enough to offset the first half deficit. In that game, Carter put up his fourth straight double-figure scoring game with 12, and Mims matched that figure. It marked Mims' ninth double-figure scoring game in the 10 USM has played to date.

Heading into the first of two games with the Tigers this season, Southern Miss has won four straight from Memphis and seven of the last eight. Memphis still enjoys a healthy 43-21 edge in the series that started in 1937-38.

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