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Southern Miss Looks For Split With Tulane




Southern Miss Looks For Split With Tulane
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- After suffering a disappointing 80-69 loss at Tulane just over two weeks ago,

Southern Mississippi gets a chance to make up for that loss when the Green Wave visits Green Coliseum for

a Saturday, Feb. 24, game that will be televised on ESPN Plus as part of the Conference USA package.

The two teams will be playing for the 52nd time. The two teams split a pair of games last season, each

winning on the other's court, and Golden Eagle fans will have no trouble remembering the 40-foot-plus shot at

the buzzer that earned Tulane a Green Coliseum victory last season.

In the earlier game in New Orleans, La., Tulane put four players in double figures with Green Wave guard

Wayne Tinsley leading the way with a game-high 31 points. He hit 16 of 17 free throws in the contest, many

of them coming in the closing minutes when the Eagles were forced to foul in an effort to get back in the

game.

That loss also was the second of a three-game losing streak the Eagles did not snap until a 62-58 win at

Houston. UAB and Cincinnati provided the bookends for that three-game streak.

Southern Miss goes into the game with an 18-7 overall record, an 8-5 record in conference play. Tulane brings

an uncharacteristic 9-17, 2-11 record into the game. Senior guard David Wall continues to lead the Eagles in

scoring at 14.1 points a game. Both Vandarel Jones (11.7) and Elvin Mims (10.4) contribute double figure

scoring. Jones continues to lead the rebounders with 7.2 boards a game.

The Eagles continue to hold a comfortable scoring margin (69.9-61.5), along with a 36.5-to-33.7 edge in

rebounds. Southern Miss also continues to outshoot the combined opposition (.425 to .405), is ahead from

the three-point line (.355 to .297), as well as from the free throw line where the Eagles have improved to .670

as a team.

Following today's game, the Eagles stay at home where they will close the regular season with games

against Memphis (Feb. 28) and South Florida (Mar. 3). Thereafter, the Eagles move on to the OCG C-USA

Tournament Mar. 7-10 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.

The Eagles remain in third place in the National Division race with an 8-5 mark, behind South Florida and

Memphis, both with 9-4 records. All 12 league teams have three C-USA games remaining prior to the

tournament, and the Eagles, who, along with Cincinnati, have the most victories (17) of any team in the

league, still have the opportunity to claim a National Division title and with it a bye in the tournament.

Tickets to the remaining three home games, along with the C-USA Tournament, remain on sale at the athletic

ticket office located in the Ferlise Center on West 4th Street or by calling 601/266-5418 or 1800-844-TICK.

time.

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