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Final Game Statistics
Eagles Snap Nagging Road String
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Golden Eagles shook up the starting lineup somewhat for Saturday's game at Tulane, got another outstanding performance from senior Charles Gaines and a game-high 19 points from guard Jarekus Singleton in his first start as Southern Miss beat the Green Wave 64-58 in Conference USA action in Fogelman Arena on the Tulane campus.
That victory put a nagging streak of conference road losses to rest, though Head Coach James Green is of the opinion that that streak ended with his team's Jan. 16 victory over Marquette, in a game played in Green Bay, Wis., a game in which Southern Miss was "technically" listed as the home team. "This win (Tulane) certainly ends that losing streak, though, in my mind, we did that in Green Bay," he said. "We don't want to dwell on this victory (Tulane) or even when that streak ended; we just want to go back on the road and make it two victories out of three games on this road trip."
Neither team shot the ball well early in Saturday's game. At the first break, Southern Miss had managed just one field goal, and Tulane eventually built an early 10-3 lead before the Eagles started to get untracked. Southern Miss came all the way back, led by as many as four points late in the first half and by one point, 27-26, at halftime. It should be noted that, at the half, Gaines had three points and three rebounds.
The game was tied twice in the second half, in the early going, and Southern Miss went on to build leads as large as 10 points in the closing minutes. To his first half totals, Gaines added 14 second half points and 10 rebounds to finish with his second straight double-double, 13 rebounds and 17 points. From the 9:30 mark of the second half, Singleton scored eight points and Gaines 11, to account for 19 of the Eagles' final 21 points in the game. Greg Johnson and Greg Haywood added eight each to the Southern Miss totals.
For Tulane, Marcus Kinzer led the way with 17 points, and Kory Castine and Wayne Tinsley had 10 each. Tulane shot .438 (21-48) to .404 (23-57) for the Eagles, but Southern Miss matched its season low of nine turnovers while forcing Tulane into 15 miscues.
Following the Tulane 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.