HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Golden Eagles continue a gruelling, seven-day, three-game road trip Saturday when Southern Miss plays C-USA rival Tulane in a 7:30 p.m., game in Fogelman Arena on the Tulane campus.
The game is part of an afternoon-night men's and women's doubleheader at Tulane, and the men's game will be televised on a tape delay basis on Cox Sports TV in the New Orleans area.
Tulane is fresh from an 80-59 loss at UAB Wednesday night while Southern Miss dropped a 79-67 decision at TCU. The Green Wave currently is 7-9 overall, 0-5 in C-USA, while Southern Miss is 9-8 overall, 2-4 in the league.
Tulane leads the series with Southern Miss, 35-21, and the two teams split a pair of games last season, with each winning at home. The Golden Eagle-Green Wave series now stands at 28 consecutive seasons, making it the longest current streak with an opponent for both teams. The 56-game series also ranks as one of the longest, in terms of games, in the USM record book.
Southern Miss got solid games at TCU from Jasper Johnson (22 points) and Greg Johnson (14 points) and Charles Gaines, who recorded his first double-double in five games, with 20 points and 14 rebounds. He continues to lead the Golden Eagles in both categories, at 15.1 points and a league-best 10.1 rebounds.
For Tulane, Wayne Tinsley leads the Green Wave at 10.7 points a game, Quincy Davis is close behind at 10.5 and Vytas Tatarunas rounds out double-digit scorers for the New Orleans team, at 10.4 points a game. Tulane averages 65.8 points a game and gives up 68.0. The Green Wave has lost five of its last six games and eight of its last 10.
The loss at TCU gave Southern Miss its first two-game losing streak of the season, to go with a pair of two-game win streaks. Prior to the loss at TCU, the Eagles had gone the past 12 games alternating wins and losses.
Following Saturday's game, the Eagles stay on the road for the final game of the three-game road trip, playing at Houston (Feb. 3). It also will be the second trip to the state of Texas for the Eagles in seven days, after USM played at TCU, Jan. 28. Following the Houston game, Southern Miss then returns home to host UAB (Feb. 11), and will play five of the last eight regular season games at home.