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Southern Miss - Memphis Game Notes
Eagles Open Two-Game Road Trip, At Memphis
Hattiesburg, Miss. - After beating longtime rival Memphis in Hattiesburg, 66-63, in early January, the Golden eagles play their next-to-last road game of the regular season Tuesday night in the Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn., against a Tiger team that has won 10 games and lost just one since that Jan. 10 game in Green Coliseum.
In that earlier game, Charles Gaines led the Golden Eagles with 17 points, and a game-high eight rebounds, and Greg Johnson added 14 more. In all, eight different USM players scored in that game. Memphis got a 29-point effort from Antonio Burks. Southern Miss also won the rebounding battle in that game, 39-30, and shot a solid .447 (21-47) from the floor while limiting the visitors to .364 (20-55) shooting.
The series between the two teams started in the 1937-38 season, and the Tigers enjoy a 46-23 edge. The Tigers had won three of the four games played prior to the earlier-season game, but Southern Miss now has won nine of the last 13. The two teams split last season's two games, with the Golden Eagles winning in Hattiesburg, 84-67, and Memphis winning in the Pyramid, 80-62.
The Tigers are fresh off a 73-66 victory over UAB, while Southern Miss dropped a 78-72 decision to Charlotte. The Tigers were ranked 23rd in last week's A.P., poll.
Sean Banks leads three Tigers averaging double-figure points, at 16.8 a game. Antonio Banks is close behind at 16.6, and Rodney Carney is at 12.2 through 23 games.
The Tigers average 74.0 points a game, while giving up 65.8. Memphis also enjoys a healthy rebounding margin, 39.7-to-35.7.
Gaines recorded a double-double, 17 points, 12 rebounds) in the Charlotte loss and continues to lead the Eagles in both categories, at 15.7 points and a league-best 10.5 rebounds a game. Jasper Johnson is averaging 12.7 points a game and Greg Johnson is close to double figures, at 9.4.
Following the Memphis game, the Eagles end their road season with games at DePaul (Feb. 28) and then close the regular season at home against Tulane (Mar. 3) and East Carolina (Mar. 8).