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Southern Miss Set to Host Second-Ranked Memphis

Feb. 29, 2008

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss faces its highest-ranked team to ever come to Hattiesburg when the Golden Eagles welcome No. 2 Memphis, Saturday, March 1. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. (CT) at Reed Green Coliseum.

Fans are encouraged to wear black, as this been designated as this season's basketball blackout game.

Southern Miss (15-12, 7-6 C-USA) and Memphis will face each other for the 78th time in a series that dates back to 1938. The Tigers lead the series, 54-23, and have won 11 of the last 13 meetings, including the last eight. In games played in Hattiesburg, the Tigers hold a 16-14 advantage. Earlier this year, Memphis defeated the Golden Eagles, 83-47.

The Golden Eagles are led by guard Jeremy Wise. The sophomore leads the team in scoring with 18.8 points per game. Right behind him is freshman R.L. Horton with 12.1, junior Courtney Beasley with 11.1 and sophomore Sai'Quon Stone at 8.2. Gjio Bain leads Southern Miss on the boards, pulling down 5.4 rebounds a game.

Earlier this year, Southern Miss fell at Memphis, 83-47. Southern Miss started the game 1-for-7 from the field before battling back to take a 12-9 lead. However, the Tigers closed the half on a 20-4 run, leading 44-23 at the half. Memphis led by as many as 40 in the second half. Jeremy Wise and R.L. Horton led Southern Miss with nine points, and Courtney Beasley scored eight. Andre Stephens added ten rebounds for the Golden Eagles. Chris Roberts-Douglas led the second-ranked Tigers with 19 points. Derrick Rose added 13 points.

Memphis (27-1, 13-0 C-USA) enters today's game ranked No. 2 in the country, and are 27-1, 13-0 in conference. The Tigers are led by guard Chris Douglas-Roberts. The junior currently leads the team with 17.5 points per game while averaging 4.4 rebounds. Freshman guard Derrick Rose is averaging 13.9 points and at team-high 4.4 assists. Senior forward Joey Dorsey leads the team with 10.1 rebounds.

The Tigers are coming off an 82-67 victory over Tulsa. Willie Kemp led the Tigers with 14 points. Doneal Mack and Shawn Taggert scored 12 points, while Robert Dozier and Antonio Anderson added 11 and 10, respectively.

At halftime, junior football player Damion Fletcher will be presented with the Cellular South Conerly Trophy, an award given to the top collegiate football player in Mississippi. First-year football coach Larry Fedora is also expected to speak to the crowd during intermission.

Southern Miss closes out its home schedule next Tuesday. The Golden Eagles will face UTEP on March 4, in a 7:00 p.m. (CT) at Reed Green Coliseum.

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