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Memphis Is Next For Golden Eagles
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss entertains Memphis Friday night in a nationally-televised ESPN game that starts at 8:05 p.m. The Tigers posted a 75-53 victory over the Golden Eagles less than two weeks ago in The Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn., in the first of two regular-season games between the two National Division C-USA teams.
In that first game, Southern Miss did a solid defensive job on two of the Tigers' big guns, Dajuan Wagner (nine points) and Kelly Wise (three points), but had trouble with Chris Massie (15 points) and Scooter McFadgon and Earl Barron (10 each) who, between them, accounted for almost half the Tiger points.
Memphis comes to town with a 14-4 record, a four-game win streak that includes a solid 81-62 victory over South Florida earlier in the week in Memphis, and three players averaging in double figures, led by Wagner, who leads that group at 20.9 points a game. Wise is at 12.8 points a game and McFadgon at 11.4.
Memphis averages almost 83 points a game, while limiting opponents to just under 68 points a game. By way of comparison, Southern Miss is averaging 61.1 points a game and giving up 63.6.
Southern Miss is 6-8 after a Tuesday home loss to Tulane (70-61), and is led in scoring by Elvin Mims at 18.4 points a game. The only other Golden Eagle player in double figures is Clement Carter, who currently is averaging 11.1 points a game. Mims also leads the team in rebounding at 7.0 a game. He has come off the bench in the two most recent games after missing the first Memphis game and the South Florida game after being suspended for an on-court violation of teams rules.
Memphis leads the series between the two teams, 44-21, though Southern Miss had won seven of the last eight, prior to the game in Memphis earlier in the year.
Tickets to the Memphis game, as well as all remaining home games, are on sale at the athletic ticket office located on West Fourth Street, or by calling 601/266-5418 or 1-800-844-TICK.