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Eagles Near End Of Regular Season
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Golden Eagles play their next-to-last regular season game Wednesday night when they host C-USA rival Tulane in a 7:00 game in Green Coliseum. While Southern Miss would appear to already be in the 12-team, Kelly Tire Conference USA tournament, the game could have an impact on the pairings for the event.
Wednesday's game is the next-to-last one of the regular season for the Golden Eagles, who will then close the regular season with a 4 p.m., game Saturday, against East Carolina, and following that game, USM, and other C-USA teams, will wait for pairings for the Mar. 10-13 conference tournament, that will be played in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tulane is fresh from a 76-65 loss to Saint Louis while Southern Miss dropped an 80-51 decision at DePaul. The Green Wave currently is 11-14 overall, 4-10 in C-USA, while Southern Miss is 12-13 overall, 5-9 in the league.
Tulane leads the series with Southern Miss, 35-22, after the Golden Eagles posted a 64-58 victory over the Green Wave, Jan. 31, in New Orleans. The two teams split a pair of games last season, with each winning at home. In the game earlier this season, Jarekus Singleton led the Eagles with 19 points and Charles Gaines added his usual double-double numbers, with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The series with Tulane now stands at 29 consecutive seasons, making it the longest current streak with an opponent for both teams.
Southern Miss got solid games at DePaul from Gaines, who recorded his 13th double-double of the season, with 24 points and 12 rebounds. He continues to lead the Golden Eagles in both categories, at 15.9 points and a league-best 10.4 rebounds.
For Tulane, Quincy Davis leads Green Wave scorers at 10.7 points a game, and Wayne Tinsley is close behind at 10.2 points a game. Vytas Tatarunas is also in double figures, at 10.1. Tulane averages 66.3 points a game and gives up 68.8. The Green Wave has won four of its last seven games.
Following tonight's game, three Golden Eagle seniors will end their home playing careers when East Carolina visits Green Coliseum for the Saturday afternoon game. Clement Carter, Charles Gaines and Greg Johnson will be honored in pregame ceremonies.