Feb. 20, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team travels to Birmingham, Ala. this Saturday, Feb. 21, to take on UAB. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. CT in Bartow Arena.
Southern Miss enters Saturday afternoon's game with a 14-11 record, 4-7 in C-USA. The Golden Eagles look to win their second straight game after defeating East Carolina, 69-59, to snap a five-game losing streak, Tuesday night.
R.L. Horton led all scorers with 20 points, including 15 in the first half. Jeremy Wise and Craig Craft both had double-doubles. Wise had 17 points and a season-high 10 assists for his first double-double of the season and second of his career. Craft recorded his fourth of the season and fifth of his career, scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Courtney Beasley added 13 points for the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss and UAB will meet for the second time this year, and 30th overall, with the Blazers holding an 18-11 advantage. In Birmingham, UAB holds an 11-3 advantage. Earlier this year, the Blazers took a 66-49 victory in Hattiesburg.
Wise is ninth in the conference with 16.0 points per game, while being third in the conference with 5.04 assists. Beasley is tenth with 15.3 points and ninth with 6.8 rebounds. R.L. Horton is adding 13.0 points and Craig Craft is contributing 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles are averaging 67.8 points per game, while allowing 65.6. Southern Miss is hitting 72.8-percent of its free throws and grabbing 34.8 rebounds. USM is currently second in the country in turnovers per game, committing just 9.8.
UAB enters this afternoon's game with an 18-8 record, 8-3 in conference. The Blazers have won five straight games and are coming off a 76-70 victory over Tulane.
The Blazers were led by senior guard/forward Robert Vaden, who had 17 points to lead four UAB players in double figures. Senior forward Lawrence Kinnard had his C-USA leading 12th double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Paul Delaney III also had 15 points, while guard Channing Toney chipped in with 14 points and seven boards.
Vaden is fifth in the conference with 18.2 points and while adding 4.9 rebounds. Delaney III is eighth with 16.7 points while grabbing 4.4 rebounds. Kinnard is contributing 15.1 points while pulling down a league-high 9.2 boards.
As a team, UAB is shooting a conference-best 46.6-percent while allowing its opponents to shoot 43.0-percent from the field. The Blazers are scoring 73.3 points per game while allowing just 66.2.
Head Coach Mike Davis is in his third season at the helm of the UAB men's basketball program. He has compiled a 56-35 (.615) record during his tenure as head coach. In eight years, Davis has a 171-114 (.600) record.
Earlier this year, UAB defeated Southern Miss, 66-49, at Reed Green Coliseum. It was the Blazers first win in Hattiesburg since Feb. 18, 2006. R.L. Horton led the Golden Eagles with 19 points. Courtney Beasley had 16 points and a team-high six rebounds, and Jeremy Wise added 10 points and four boards. UAB scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half. The Golden Eagles twice cut the lead to six, but that's as close as they would get. The Golden Eagles were held to just 30.0-percent (9-of-30) from the field in the second half, which led to just 20 second half points. The Blazers held a big advantage at the line, hitting 15-of-21 free throws, while Southern Miss was just 4-of-5. The Golden Eagles were also held to a season-low four assists. UAB was led by Paul Delaney III with 16 points and six rebounds. Robert Vaden and Channing Toney each scored 15 points, and Lawrence Kinnard added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Southern Miss returns home next Tuesday, Feb. 24. The Golden Eagles host Tulane in a regionally-televised game on CSS. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.
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