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Southern Miss - Charlotte Game Notes
Eagles Host Always Tough Charlotte
Hattiesburg, Miss. - The Golden Eagles conclude a two-game home stand Saturday afternoon by hosting a team that has been a nemesis over the years for the Southern Miss program, the Charlotte 49ers.
The two teams have played a total of 28 times, starting with a 1971 game, and the visiting 49ers own a commanding 24-4 lead in that series. Southern Miss has a pair of Metro Conference Tournament victories over Charlotte, 60-56 in 1995 in Louisville, Ky., and 68-64 in 1994 in Biloxi, Miss., and the Eagles have won once in Charlotte, 76-69 in 1993, and once in Green Coliseum, 92-66 in 1983.
The composite record shows Charlotte with a 9-1 record in games played in Charlotte, 10-1 in games played in Hattiesburg, and 5-2 in games played at neutral sites.
And the 49ers are having another successful season, currently at 8-3 in the league and 16-6 overall. That 8-3 C-USA mark is good for a three-way tie for third place in the current standings. The 49ers are fresh off an 84-72 home victory over USF Wednesday.
The 49ers have four players in double figures, with Curtis Withers leading that group at 16.3 points a game. He's also the team's leading rebounder at 9.6 a game. Demon Brown follows at 12.6 points a game, Brendan Flavich is at 11.3 and Eddie Basden at 10.6. Brown and Flavich have combined for 118 three-point baskets, 53 for Brown and 65 for Flavich. By comparison, David Haywood leads Southern Miss with 36 three-point baskets and the Golden Eagles own 101, as a team.
Despite having "only" a nine-point, eight-rebound game in the Houston victory, Charles Gaines continues to lead the Golden Eagles in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (10.5) a game. He also is on track to become the first USM player to average a double-double (points-rebounds) since Glen Whisby averaged 16.0 points and 10.3 rebounds a game in the 1992-93 season.
Jasper Johnson remains in double figures at 12.8 points a game, and Greg Johnson is close, at 9.4.
Following the Charlotte game, the Eagles end their road season with 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).