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Eagles Try For Split With TCU
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss plays its next-to-last home game of the season Saturday when TCU visits Green Coliseum for a 7 p.m., Conference USA game. The Horned Frogs put four players in double figures in a 75-61 victory over the Golden Eagles in Forth Worth, Texas, in a Jan. 26, game.
That game was the first-ever basketball meeting between the two teams. In that game, Elvin Mims had a team-best 22 points and 12 rebounds and teammate Ben Lambert missed a double-double by a single point, with 14 rebounds and nine points.
TCU led 36-24 at the half and outscored the Golden Eagles 39-37 in the second half. Guards Junior Blount (25) and Corey Santee (17) combined for 42 points for the winners.
Coming into this game, the visitors had won three straight games before an 88-74, home-court loss to South Florida Feb. 16. The Horned Frogs have not played since that game.
Blount leads the visitors at 18.6 points a game and three teammates also average double figures. The Horned Frogs average 85.7 points a game, while giving up 82.1
Mims, coming off a 20-points, 12-rebound game at UALR, continues to pace the Golden Eagle attack at 18.1 points a game. In addition to Mims, Clement Carter is the only other Golden Eagle player in double figures, at 10.1 points a game. Senior guard Brad Richardson has used a recent productive streak of games to push his average to 8.8 points a game. Freshman guard Dante Stiggers had his best assist game of the season with eight in the UALR game, and has taken over the lead in that category.
Mims leads the team in rebounding at 7.5 grabs a game, and Lambert follows at 5.3 a game, to go with a team-best 46 blocked shots. Southern Miss averages 60.3 points a game, while giving up 65.3.
Following the TCU game, Southern Miss will have just two regular season games remaining, Feb. 26 at UAB, and Mar. 2, at home against South Florida.