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Eagles Open Two-Game Home Stand, Against Houston

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Southern Miss - Houston Game Notes

Eagles Open Two-Game Home Stand, Against Houston

Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss' basketball Golden Eagles open a two-game home stand Wednesday night, hosting the Houston Cougars, a team Southern Miss beat, 75-72 in triple overtime just 15 days ago in Houston, Texas. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Houston is one of only three league opponents Southern Miss will play twice this season. Tulane and Memphis are the other two. The Golden Eagles beat Memphis in Hattiesburg and Tulane in New Orleans, La., earlier in the season, and has a second game with each remaining on the schedule.

Southern Miss is coming off a 68-60 loss at South Florida, while Houston lost, at home, to DePaul, 66-54. Southern Miss goes into the game with an 11-10 overall record and a 4-6 C-USA mark, while Houston is at 8-14 overall and 2-9 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 had won the last four games played, prior to the Feb. 3 loss to the Eagles.

After a 6-3 start, and a five-game win streak early in the season, Houston has lost 11 of its last 13 games.

Houston put only one player in double figures in the earlier loss to Southern Miss, but that was Lanny Smith, who had a game-high 31 points and almost single-handedly kept the Cougars in the game throughout.

Charles Gaines led Southern Miss with 20 points and a season-best 18 rebounds. Gaines continues to lead Southern Miss in both categories through 21 games, at 15.9 points and 10.6 rebounds a game. The Cougars have just a single player in double figures, with Andre Owens averaging 16.5 points a game.

Jasper Johnson continues to score at a 12.7 pace for the Eagles, and also is averaging 6.1 rebounds, second only to Gaines.

Following the Houston game, the Eagles will host Charlotte in a Saturday afternoon game, play road games at Memphis (Feb. 24) and DePaul (Feb. 28) and then close the regular season at home against Tulane (Mar. 3) and East Carolina (Mar. 8).

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