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Southern Miss Looks to Get Back on Track against Tulane

Junior Jeremy Wise looks to lead the Southern Miss past Tulane.

Junior Jeremy Wise looks to lead the Southern Miss past Tulane.

Feb. 23, 2009

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team looks to get back to its winning this Tuesday, Feb. 24, when they welcome Tulane. The game will be televised regionally on CSS. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT in Reed Green Coliseum.

Southern Miss enters Tuesday night's game with a 14-12 record, 4-8 in C-USA. The Golden Eagles have lost seven of their last ten games. Southern Miss is coming off an 86-56 defeat at UAB.

Junior guard Jeremy Wise led Southern Miss with 16 points. Junior forward Andre Stephens scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Senior guard Courtney Beasley added eight points and six boards.

Wise is ninth in the conference with 16.0 points per game, while being fourth in the conference with 4.85 assists. Beasley is 12th with 15.0 points and 11th with 6.8 rebounds. Sophomore guard R.L. Horton is adding 12.7 points and senior guard Craig Craft is contributing 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles are averaging 67.3 points per game, while allowing 66.4. Southern Miss is hitting 72.4-percent of its free throws and grabbing 34.6 rebounds. USM is currently second in the country in turnovers per game, committing just 9.9.

Tulane enters tonight's game with an 11-15 record, 5-8 in C-USA. The Green Wave have lost four of their last six games, but defeated Marshall, 57-51, Saturday night.

Junior guard Kevin Sims scored a game-high 19 points to lead Tulane. Sophomore guard Kris Richard and senior forward/center Robinson Louisme scored 10 points, while Louisme added six rebounds. Senior forward Daniel Puckett pitched in with seven points and six boards.

Sims leads the Green Wave with 12.8 points while currently sitting seventh in C-USA with 3.92 assists. Richard scored 10.7 points, and Louisme adds 10.4 points and is eighth in the league with 6.9 rebounds.

As a team, Tulane is shooting 42.3-percent while its opponents are shooting 44.8-percent. The Green Wave is scoring 65.4 points per game while allowing 66.7.

Head Coach Dave Dickerson is in his fourth season at the helm of the Tulane men's basketball program. He has compiled a 57-60 (.487) record during his tenure as head coach.

Southern Miss hit seven free throws in the last 36 seconds to hold off Tulane, 61-54. Jeremy Wise led the Golden Eagles with 20 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Beasley and R.L. Horton added 12 points. The Golden Eagles led 45-32 with 11 minutes to play before Tulane began to chip away at the lead. Over the next six minutes, the Green Wave held Southern Miss to just two baskets while cutting the deficit to four, getting it down to 52-48. However, Southern Miss stepped up its defense, as Tulane missed six of its final seven shots. Tulane was led by Kris Richard with 21 points. Asim McQueen added 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the year.

Southern Miss returns to action this Saturday, Feb. 28. The Golden Eagles travel to Memphis, Tenn. to take on fourth-ranked Memphis in a regionally-televised game on CSS. Tip-off is set for Noon CT.

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