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Golden Eagles Travel to Big Easy for Matchup with Green Wave, Saturday

Feb. 23, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss looks to rebound from its three-point loss at UCF, Wednesday, when they travel to New Orleans for a 3 p.m., contest against league foe Tulane.

The game marks the final road game of the regular season for the Golden Eagles (17-9 overall, 7-6 C-USA) as the tilt will also be televised nationally on CSTV (Comcast Channel 274 in the Hattiesburg area). Carter Blackburn will provide the play-by-play and Pete Gillen will serve as the analyst.

Southern Miss has won three of its last four games despite falling in Orlando, 59-56, to the Golden Knights. UCF rallied from a 26-18 halftime deficit to comeback and defeat the visiting Golden Eagles and the game marked the first time in 15 contests that Southern Miss lost a game this season when they were leading at halftime.

The Golden Eagles currently sit tied for fourth in the standings with Rice, while Tulane (13-12, 6-7) is in a four-way tie for sixth place with Tulsa, UAB and UTEP.

This will be the second meeting between the two schools this season, after the Green Wave collected a 79-64 decision at Green Coliseum earlier this month. TU has now won two straight games in the series and three of the last four. Overall, the Green Wave holds a 38-25 advantage in the 63 games played between the two schools.

Junior Gjio Bain (Nassau, Bahamas) has stepped up his play for the Golden Eagles as of late, averaging 7.5 points over the last two games and 7.3 rebounds over the last four tilts. He is 6 of his last 10 field goals made (60 percent) and is off his season-best game in terms of minutes played with 27.

Freshmen Jeremy Wise and Sai'Quon Stone continue to lead the Golden Eagles in scoring. Wise is at 17.2 points per game, which ranks No. 4 in C-USA and No. 82 in the nation, while Stone is at 10.5 points per contest.

The Green Wave will counter with junior David Gomez, who is averaging 13.6 points per game. Freshman Kevin Sims, who scored a game-high 23 points against the Golden Eagles in the first meeting, is next at 10.4 points per contest. Chris Moore, the current C-USA Player of the Week, ranks third in scoring at 9.9.

After the Tulane contest, Southern Miss returns home for the first of two games to end the regular season, Wednesday, when they entertain UAB. Game time is 8 p.m., and will be televised regionally on CSS (Comcast Channel 25).

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