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Eagles Back On The Road For Two Games;
Lambert OK, Will Play
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss opens a six-day, two-game road trip when the Golden Eagles play at East Carolina, on Feb. 12. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m., in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C.
The two teams have played just twice in the past, and have not met since a 1972 game in Hattiesburg. The Pirates have won both games, 103-81 in Greenville, N.C., in 1971 and 96-86 the following season.
This marks ECU's first year as a basketball member of Conference USA, and the Pirates and Eagles bring similar records into the game, Southern Miss at 7-14 and 2-9, and East Carolina at 8-15 and the same 2-9 league mark. The Pirates are coming off a 62-51 loss at DePaul, and Southern Miss off a 72-58 home loss to Marquette.
East Carolina shows three players in double figures, with Erroyl Bing leading the way at 14.0 points a game. Gabriel Mikulas is at 13.1 points a game and Kenyatta Brown at 11.0. ECU averages 66.5 points a game, while giving up 72.1. The Pirates shoot .390 as a team, while opponents shoot at a .453 pace.
Elvin Mims continues to pace the Golden Eagles at 18.7 points a game, to go with a team-best 7.5 rebounds a game. Clement Carter, who returned to action after missing four games to arthroscopic knee surgery, had a team-best 15 points in the Marquette game and is the only other Golden Eagle in double figures at 10.7 points a game. He also is expected to play at ECU as well. Southern Miss averages 61.5 points a game, while giving up 65.0.
In addition, junior center Ben Lambert is expected to be ready for the ECU game. He was injured and taken to the hospital for precautionary tests in the second half of the Marquette game. Those tests revealed a strained neck and a "stinger" that resulted in some temporary extremity numbness.
Following the East Carolina game, the Golden Eagles stay on the road, and move on to Cincinnati for a Friday, Feb. 15, ESPN game against the nationally-ranked Bearcats.