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Southern Miss Takes on No. 8 Memphis

Feb. 14, 2009

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team faces its toughest test of the season, as it looks to snap a four-game losing streak this Saturday, Feb. 14, when it takes on No. 8 Memphis in a nationally-televised game on CBS College Sports. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. CT.

Southern Miss and Memphis will meet for the 80th time on the hardwood, with Memphis holding a 56-23 advantage in the Golden Eagles longest running rivalry. In Hattiesburg, Memphis holds a 17-14 lead. Southern Miss is looking for its first win since 2004, as the Tigers have won the last 10 meetings. Southern Miss has never beaten Memphis when they are ranked, dropping all 17 decisions.

Southern Miss enters Saturday afternoon's game with a 13-10 record, 3-6 in C-USA. The Golden Eagles are looking to snap a four-game losing streak after dropping a 88-72 decision at Rice, Wednesday night.

R.L. Horton led Southern Miss with 23 points and six rebounds. Jeremy Wise scored 19 points, while Courtney Beasley added 13 points and eight rebounds. Craig Craft contributed with his third double-double of the year, scoring 15 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.

Wise is ninth in the conference with 16.0 points per game, while also averaging 4.8 assists. Beasley is tenth with 15.5 points and ninth with 7.0 rebounds. R.L. Horton is adding 12.9 points and Craig Craft is contributing 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles are averaging 68.6 points per game, while allowing 65.7. Southern Miss is hitting 72.3-percent of its free throws and grabbing 35.4 rebounds. USM currently leads the country in turnovers per game, committing just 9.8

Memphis enters tonight's game with a 21-3 record, 9-0 in conference play and ranked eighth in nation. The Tigers have won their last 15 games, including a 63-37 victory over Tulsa Wednesday night.

Senior forward Robert Dozier led Memphis with 23 points. Freshman guard Tyreke Evans scored 13 points. Junior forward Shawn Taggart added nine points and eight rebounds, while senior guard Antonio Anderson contributed nine points and five assists.

Evans is seventh in the conference with 16.8 points while pulling down 5.3 rebounds. Dozier is second on the team with 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Anderson is fifth in the league with 4.38 assists while contributing 10.4 points. Taggert is seventh in C-USA with 7.1 rebounds, while also scoring 10.0 points.

As a team, the Tigers are shooting 44.2-percent while allowing its opponents to shoot just 37.6-percent from the field. Memphis is scoring 76.0 points per game while allowing a league-best 60.0 points. The Tigers are also tops in C-USA with 39.3 boards.

Head Coach John Calipari is in his ninth season at the helm of the Memphis men's basketball program. He has compiled a 240-68 (.779) record during his tenure as head coach. In 17 years, Calipari has a 433-139 (.757) overall record.

Southern Miss ends a two-game homestand this Tuesday, Feb. 17 when the Golden Eagles host East Carolina. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

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