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Southern Miss Heads North to Face Nationally Ranked Memphis

Jan. 26, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss looks to snap a six-game losing streak to Memphis when they travel north to take on the No. 11-ranked Tigers Saturday afternoon at the FedExForum in a noon contest.

The game will be televised live on CSS (Comcast Channel 25 in Hattiesburg) with Matt Stewart providing the play-by-play and Tom Herrion handling the analyst duties. The game can also be heard on the Southern Miss/ISP Sports Network.

The Golden Eagles (13-5, 3-2) enter the game having won two straight games, including an 83-72 decision at home over East Carolina, Wednesday. Southern Miss, though, looks to snap a five-game losing streak in Memphis. The last Golden Eagle victory in Memphis came on Dec. 27, 2000, in a 75-67 triumph over the Tigers.

UM (16-3, 6-0), C-USA's league leader, won this season's earlier meeting this season between the two teams, 75-62, in Hattiesburg two weeks ago. The Tigers currently are riding an eight-game winning streak, which includes a 72-59 home win over Tulsa, Wednesday.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, who led the Tigers in Hattiesburg with 19 points, has been out with a high ankle sprain and has not played in the last two games. Douglas-Roberts leads UM in scoring at 14.8 points per contest.

The Tigers, though, have stepped up in his absence as Jeremy Hunt is next on the Tiger scoring ledger at 13.5 points per contest, while Robert Dozier is at 11.5. Joey Dorsey, who is averaging 8.1 points per game, leads the Tigers in rebounding, at 10.1 per game, and blocks, at 2.5 a tilt.

The Golden Eagles will counter with its group that includes freshmen Jeremy Wise and Sai'Quon Stone, as well as sophomore Craig Craft.

Wise leads all freshman scorers in the league, averaging 15.8 points. Wise entered the school's Top 10 list for scoring as a freshman at the school with his 15 points against East Carolina. The Jackson, Miss., native ranks No. 9 with 285 points in his first 18 career games with the school. Currently, Wise is No. 5 in scoring in C-USA.

Stone, of Brooklyn, N.Y., tied the single-game school mark against ECU by hitting 17 free throws. Stone has tallied averages of 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists over the last three games and his 19 points against ECU was a season-high total.

Sophomore Craft Craft continues to thrive for the Golden Eagles off the bench. The Raleigh, Miss., native scored a career-high 21 points in the last meeting with UM and over the last six games has averaged12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, while hitting 59 percent of his shots from the floor.

The game will be the fourth during the afternoon for the Golden Eagles this season and the team has compiled a 2-1 mark in those games.

Following Memphis, Southern Miss returns home to face UTEP in a 7 p.m., game, Wednesday (Jan. 31), at Green Coliseum.

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