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Southern Miss Hosts Montana State in Final Non-Conference Game

Jan. 23, 2009

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will take a break from non-conference play this Saturday when they host Montana State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

Southern Miss enters Wednesday night's game with an 11-6 record, 2-2 in Conference USA. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The Golden Eagles saw a two-game winning streak end when they fell 73-61, at UCF Wednesday night. Craig Craft led the Golden Eagles with 20 points, including 18 in the second half. Courtney Beasley scored 19 points and grabbed a game-high six rebounds, all in the second half. Jeremy Wise added 13 points and seven assists.

Wise is seventh in the conference with 17.1 points per game, while also averaging 4.6 assists. Beasley is averaging 13.7 points and grabbing a team-high 6.8 rebounds, while R.L. Horton is adding 11.4 points. Craft is scoring 10.8 points and grabbing 5.5 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles are averaging 67.7 points per game, while allowing 61.6. Southern Miss is hitting 72.4-percent of their free throws and grabbing 36.6 rebounds.

Montana State enters tonight's game with a 9-8 record, 3-4 in the Big Sky Conference. The Bobcats are coming of a 65-55 loss to Northern Colorado Thursday night.

Junior guard Will Bynum led MSU with 12 points. Sophomore forward Bobby Howard scored 11 points and junior guard Marquis Navarre dropped in 10. Senior center Divaldo Mbunga added a game-high eight rebounds.

Howard is Montana State's leading scorer with 12.3 points. Mbunga averages 10.9 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds.

As a team, MSU is shooting 41.6-percent while holding its opponents are shooting 45.1-percent from the field. The Knights are scoring 67.1 points per game while allowing 68.4.

Head Coach Brad Huse is in his third season at the helm of the Montana State men's basketball program. He has compiled a 35-42 (.455) record during his tenure as head coach. Huse has a 219-102 (.682) overall record in 11 seasons as a head coach.

The Golden Eagles return to conference play next Tuesday, Jan. 27, when they host Marshall in a regionally-televised game on CSS. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT.

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