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Eagles Shoot For Third Straight




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Eagles Shoot For Third Straight
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss shoots for only its second three-game win streak of the season when the Golden Eagles play at UAB Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the final road game of the year for Southern Miss as well as the next-to-last game of the season.

The Eagles then will close the regular season Saturday, at 1 p.m., at home, against South Florida, in a game that will be televised by ESPN Plus.

The Golden Eagles beat UAB, 50-36, Jan. 12, in Hattiesburg, in a game that saw the Blazers hit just 12-of-44 field goal attempts, including 5-of-19 in the first half. UAB's Morris Finley was the only Blazer in double figures in that earlier game, with 13. The Golden Eagles forced the Blazers into 20 turnovers in that game. Southern Miss also had only one player in double figures, but that was Elvin Mims, who collected 25 points. Mims hit 9-of-17 field goals, including 4-of-8 from three-point range and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.

Southern Miss and UAB have played 17 times previously, with the Blazers holding a 10-7 edge. The two teams split games last season, each winning on the road. In fact, in the six years the two have played as members of Conference USA, each team has swept both games in a season once each, the Golden Eagles in 1996 and UAB in 1999.

The Blazers are averaging 67.4 points a game and are coming off an impressive 83-78, double-overtime victory over South Florida. That win snapped a three-game skid on the part of the Blazers, who have won only two of their last six games. Will Campbell continues to lead UAB at 13.7 points a game.

Southern Miss has beaten Arkansas-Little Rock and TCU in its last two games, and Mims, coming off a 32-point game against TCU, leads the Eagles at 18.7 points a game. The Golden Eagles are averaging 61.1 points a game, shooting .398 (537-1,348) from the floor and .671 (347-517) from the free throw line.

Following the Tuesday game, Southern Miss ends the regular season Mar. 2, at home against South Florida.

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