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Southern Miss Men's Hoops Travels to Rice

Feb. 10, 2009

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team looks to snap a three-game losing streak this Wednesday, Feb. 11, when it travels to Houston, Texas to take on Rice. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

Southern Miss and Rice will meet for just the seventh time on the hardwood, with with each team winning three games. Southern Miss is looking for its first win in Houston, as Rice holds a 2-0 record at home. Last year, the Southern Miss swept both games, winning 71-53 in Hattiesburg, then taking a 59-50 victory in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament.

Southern Miss enters Wednesday night's game with a 13-9 record, 3-5 in C-USA. The Golden Eagles are looking to snap a three-game losing streak after dropping a 66-49 decision to UAB, Saturday night.

R.L. Horton led Southern Miss with 19 points and four rebounds. Courtney Beasley scored 16 points and had a team-high six rebounds, while Jeremy Wise added 10 points and four rebounds.

Wise is ninth in the conference with 15.8 points per game, while also averaging 4.9 assists. Beasley is tenth with both 15.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. R.L. Horton is adding 12.5 points and Craig Craft is contributing 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles are averaging 68.5 points per game, while allowing 64.6. Southern Miss is hitting 72.3-percent of their free throws and grabbing 35.5 rebounds. USM currently leads the country in turnovers per game, committing just 9.8

Rice enters tonight's game with a 7-15 record, 2-6 in conference play. The Owls have lost eight of their last 10 games, including a 72-65 defeat at Houston Saturday night.

Senior guard Rodney Foster led Rice with 20 points and four assists. Sophomore center Trey Stanton recorded his first career double-double, scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Aleks Perka added 10 points.

Foster leads Rice with 10.7 points with 4.1 assists. Freshman forward Lucas Kuipers is averaging 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. Stanton tops the Owls on the boards, grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game.

As a team, Rice is shooting 41.3-percent while allowing its opponents to shoot 44.9-percent from the field. The Owls are scoring just 63.5 points per game while allowing 72.0.

Head Coach Ben Braun is in his first season at the helm of the Rice men's basketball program. He has compiled a 7-15 (.318) record during his tenure as head coach. In 32 years, Braun has a 559-444 (.557) overall record.

Southern Miss begins a two-game homestand this Saturday, Feb. 14. The Golden Eagles will host No. 8 Memphis in a nationally-televised game on CBS College Sports. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. CT.

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