Jan. 6, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After closing its non-conference schedule with a 9-4 record, Southern Miss opens its conference slate, Wednesday, January 7, when it hosts defending CBI Champion Tulsa at 7 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum.
Wednesday night's game is "Family 4 Pack" night at Reed Green Coliseum, which consists of the purchase of four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks, all for only $40.
Southern Miss enters its Conference USA opener with a 9-4 record. The Golden Eagles are looking for their sixth straight win after defeating in-state rival Ole Miss, 78-59.
Southern Miss and Tulsa will meet for the fourth straight year and the seventh time overall. Through six meetings, the series is tied 3-3. This is only the second time that the teams will meet in Hattiesburg. Southern Miss won the only other meeting in 2007. Last year, the Golden Hurricane defeated Southern Miss, 78-63, in Tulsa.
The Golden Eagles are 8-5 in Conference USA openers. This is the second straight year that they will open C-USA play at home. They are 9-4 in conference home openers.
Against Ole Miss, Southern Miss had five players in double-figures led by double-double efforts from Courtney Beasley (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Craig Craft (13 points, 13 rebounds). The Golden Eagles also got 17 points from Jeremy Wise, 14 from R.L. Horton, and 12 from Andre Stephens.
Jeremy Wise is sixth in the conference with 18.4 points per game, while also bringing down 4.0 rebounds. Beasley is averaging 13.2 points and grabbing a team-high 6.5 rebounds, while R.L. Horton is adding 12.1 points.
The Golden Eagles are averaging 68.3 points per game, while allowing 59.8. Southern Miss is hitting 74.0-percent of their free throws, which is first in Conference USA, and grabbing 37.8 rebounds.
Tulsa enters tonight's Conference USA opener with a 9-5 record after defeating Northeastern Oklahoma State, 67-44, Saturday afternoon.
Junior guard Ben Uzoh leads Tulsa with 15.6 points while dishing out 3.6 assists. Junior center Jerome Jordan averages 11.9 points and leads the team with 8.9 rebounds. Senior forward Ray Reese contributes 9.4 points and 4.0 boards.
As a team, the Golden Hurricane is shooting 45.0-percent while holding its opponents to just 39.9-percent. The Rebels are scoring 66.6 points per game while allowing just 59.6.
Head Coach Doug Wojcik is in his fourth season at the helm of the Tulsa men's basketball program. He has compiled a 65-46 (.586) record during his tenure as head coach.
The Golden Eagles will then have a week off before going on the road to play Tulane, Wednesday, January 14 in New Orleans.
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