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Men's Basketball Takes to Road Again to Face UAB Saturday




Jan. 19, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will look to snap its longest losing streak of the season when they travel to Birmingham to face UAB in a 1 p.m., contest, Saturday, at Bartow Arena.

The Golden Eagles (11-5 overall, 1-2 C-USA) have dropped their last two games, which includes a 68-50 loss at UTEP, Wednesday night, in the team's last outing. The UAB contest ends a string of playing four-of-five games away from home. Southern Miss is 1-3 during this stretch that also saw them lose at Savannah State as well as at home to nationally ranked Memphis.

Southern Miss plays a UAB team (10-8, 2-2) that has won all six of its home games this season -- over Wyoming, Minnesota, DePaul, USF, Winston-Salem State and UCF. The Blazers' ledger also includes a narrow loss on the road at then No. 1 Florida in December.

Freshman Jeremy Wise continues to lead Southern Miss in scoring at 15.5 points per contest, while sophomore Courtney Beasley is next at 9.0 points per contest. The Golden Eagles are averaging 69.4 points per contest as a team this season and continue to lead their opponents in rebounding at plus-9.0 per game. That ranks fourth nationally in the latest NCAA statistics.

UAB will counter with its top scorer, Paul Delaney III, who is tallying 17.3 points per game this season. The Blazers feature two other scorers in double figures, Wen Mukubu and Lawrence Kinnard, who are averaging 14.1 and 12.8 points, respectively.

Southern Miss looks to snap a four-game losing streak to the Blazers as the Eagles vie for their first win in Birmingham in five tries. The last Southern Miss victory at Bartow Arena came on Jan. 13, 2001, in a 64-52 decision.

The Blazers lead the overall series, 16-8, and are 10-2 against the Golden Eagles in Birmingham. The series dates back to the 1978-79 campaign.

Following the UAB contest, Southern Miss returns home to face East Carolina at Reed Green Coliseum, Wednesday (Jan. 24). Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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