Jan. 20, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team looks to extend its two-game conference winning streak this Wednesday when they travel to Orlando, Fla. to face UCF. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss enters the game with an 11-5 record, 2-1 in C-USA. Southern Miss and UCF will meet for the fifth time, with the series tied 2-2. UCF won the only other game played in Orlando, 59-56, in 2007. Last year, Southern Miss fell to the Knights in Hattiesburg, 52-41, before rebounding with a 68-62 victory over UCF in the Conference USA Tournament.
The Golden Eagles knocked off Houston, 83-76, Saturday afternoon. Courtney Beasley led the Golden Eagles with his third double-double of the year, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Craig Craft scored a season-high 21 points, while R.L. Horton and Jeremy Wise each added 11 points. Horton also contributed a career-high six assists.
Wise is seventh in the conference with 17.4 points per game, while also averaging 4.5 assists. Beasley is averaging 13.4 points and grabbing a team-high 6.9 rebounds, while R.L. Horton is adding 11.9 points. Craft is scoring 10.3 points and grabbing 5.5 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles are averaging 68.1 points per game, while allowing 60.9. Southern Miss is hitting 72.0-percent of their free throws and grabbing 37.4 rebounds.
UCF enters tonight's game with an 11-6 record, 1-2 in C-USA. The Knights are coming of a 77-52 victory over Rice Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Jermaine Taylor led UCF with 20 points. Junior forward Tony Davis recorded a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, while senior center Kenrick Zondervan added 12 points.
Taylor is second in the conference, scoring 23.1 points, while pulling down 5.4 rebounds. Davis scores 9.9 points and grabs a team-leading 5.5 boards.
As a team, UCF is shooting 45.7-percent while holding its opponents to 42.2-percent from the field. The Knights are scoring 72.4 points per game while allowing just 67.4.
Head Coach Kirk Speraw is in his 16th season at the helm of the UCF men's basketball program. He has compiled a 258-208 (.554) record during his tenure as head coach. Speraw has a 340-229 (.598) overall record in 19 seasons as a head coach.
The Golden Eagles return home for their final non-conference game of the season when they face Montana State this Saturday, Jan. 24. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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