Jan. 13, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team takes to the road for the first time in conference play when they travel to New Orleans to take on Tulane this Wednesday, January 14, at 7 p.m. CT.
The Tulane ticket office is offering Southern Miss fans tickets to the game for just $5. To order tickets, call 1.504.661.WAVE.
Southern Miss and Tulane will meet for the 67th time, with the Green Wave holding a 39-27 advantage. In games played in New Orleans, Tulane holds a 23-10 record. Last year, Southern Miss swept the season series, defeating the Green Wave, 71-54, in Hattiesburg before taking a 70-59 decision at Tulane.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a 67-58 defeat to Tulsa in their conference opener. Southern Miss had four players in double-figures, led by Craig Craft with 12 points. The Golden Eagles also got 11 points from Courtney Beasley, Andre Stephens and R.L. Horton. Beasley also added nine rebounds.
Jeremy Wise is seventh in the conference with 17.6 points per game, while also averaging 4.7 assists. Beasley is averaging 13.0 points and grabbing a team-high 6.6 rebounds, while R.L. Horton is adding 12.0 points.
The Golden Eagles are averaging 67.6 points per game, while allowing 60.4. Southern Miss is hitting 73.1-percent of their free throws, which is second in Conference USA, and grabbing 36.9 rebounds.
Tulane enters tonight's game with a 7-8 record, 1-1 in C-USA after defeating Rice, 65-54, Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Eric Vianney scored a game-high 18 points to lead Tulane. Sophomore guard Kris Richard added 16 points and junior guard Kevin Sims added 12 . Junior forward Asim McQueen contributed 10 rebounds.
Sims leads the Green Wave with 11.5 points while dishing out 3.9 assists. Senior center Robinson Louisme adds nine points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds.
As a team, Tulane is shooting 40.8-percent while its opponents are shooting 42.6-percent. The Green Wave is scoring 64.9 points per game while allowing 63.8.
Head Coach Dave Dickerson is in his fourth season at the helm of the Tulane men's basketball program. He has compiled a 54-53 (.505) record during his tenure as head coach.
The Golden Eagles return to action this Saturday when they host Houston at 4 p.m. CT in Reed Green Coliseum.
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