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Southern Miss - Houston Game Notes
Eagles End Road Swing, At Houston
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Golden Eagles end a seven-day, three-game road trip with Tuesday night's game at Houston, one of three league opponents Southern Miss will play twice this season. The Cougars visit Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Feb. 15.
Southern Miss is coming off a 64-58 win at Tulane Saturday night, a victory that snapped a lengthy string of conference road losses. With the victory, the Eagles improved to 10-8 overall and 3-4 in C-USA play. Houston beat South Florida on the road over the weekend, 65-53, to improve to 8-10 overall and 2-5 in the league.
The series between the two schools started in 1968. The Cougars won the first five games the teams played, the Eagles came back to take nine of the next 10 and Houston has won the last four games played.
After a 6-3 start, and a five-game win streak early in the season, Houston had lost seven of its last eight games, prior to the USF victory.
Houston put three players in double figures at USF, led by Anwar Ferguson and Andre Owens with 15 each. Owens is averaging 17.0 points a game through 18 games, and Marcus Oliver is the only other Cougar in double figures, at 10.3 a game. Houston averages 58.7 points a game, and gives us 62.6.
After a second-straight double-double, in the Tulane game, Charles Gaines continues to lead the Golden Eagles in both scoring and rebounding, at 15.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. Jasper Johnson is the only other Golden Eagle in double figures, at 13.1 points a game.
For the Tulane game, Southern Miss changed the starting lineup it had used for the past nine games, going with Jason Forte and Jarekus Singleton, in place of David Haywood and Clement Carter, in a three-guard offense. Singleton responded with a career-high and team-best 17-point game.
Following the Houston game, Southern Miss will take an eight-day break before hosting UAB, Feb. 11. The Eagles then will go back on the road for a game at USF, and following that game will have just two road games remaining, at Memphis (Feb. 24) and at DePaul (Feb. 28).