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Golden Eagles Return Home to Face UTEP, Wednesday, at Green Coliseum

Jan. 30, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss will have the opportunity to avenge an earlier season loss to UTEP, as well as go over the .500 mark in league play, when the Golden Eagles entertain the Miners, Wednesday, at 7 p.m., in Green Coliseum.

The Golden Eagles have tallied a 13-6 record this season and currently hold a 3-3 mark in Conference USA play, which is tied for sixth place with Tulsa and UAB. Southern Miss looks to rebound from a 67-64 loss to Memphis at the FedExForum, Saturday, in which the No. 11 Tigers rallied late to win their 25th straight home game.

Current C-USA Player of the Week, freshman Jeremy Wise (Jackson, Miss.), is coming off a game in which he scored a season-high 28 points, including 11 of the team's first 13 points, and gave the Golden Eagles the lead twice in the second half on baskets to help him garner the award.

Wise, who ranks No. 8 all-time among freshman scorers at the school, has tallied 313 points in his first 19 career contests for a 16.5 scoring average. He has scored in double figures in 17 of 19 games and tallied six 20-plus scoring performances.

Fellow freshman, Sai'Quon Stone (Brooklyn, N.Y.), has averaged 15.3 points and 5.7 rebounds over the last three games and has converted 77.4 percent of his free throws during the last two games, hitting 24-of-31.

The freshman duo will lead a Golden Eagle team against a Miner squad that has tallied a 12-9 record overall and are 4-3 in league play - good for fifth place. UTEP defeated the Golden Eagles in El Paso earlier this month, 68-50, at the Don Haskins Center. Southern Miss scored a season-low for points and committed a season-high 25 turnovers in the loss.

The win for the Miners was the sixth straight over Southern Miss as they now hold a 6-2 advantage in the series. The two teams first played Dec. 29, 1950.

The Miners are led by sophomore guard Stefon Jackson, who is averaging 18.7 points per game and tallied a game-high 22 points in the first meeting. Jackson is one of four UTEP players from Philadelphia, Pa., all of which have started in at least 15 games in 2006-07. The others include sophomore Maurice Thomas (9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds per game), freshman Malik Alvin (8.7 points, 4.8 assists per game) and junior Marvin Kilgore (9.0 points, 3.3 assists per game).

Following the UTEP contest, the Golden Eagles finish their two-game homestand, Saturday, when they entertain Tulane in a 7 p.m., game at Green Coliseum. Please note the game time change from the printed season tickets, as the game was moved to accommodate television. The game will be televised on CSS (Comcast Channel 25).

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