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Southern Miss Takes to the Road for Final Time to Face SMU

March 3, 2009

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -The Southern Miss men's basketball team will take to the road for the final time in the 2008-09 season when it travels to Dallas, Texas to face SMU in Moody Coliseum, Wednesday, Mar. 4. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

Southern Miss and SMU will meet for just the seventh time on the hardwood, with the Golden Eagles holding a 4-2 advantage. In Dallas, the series is tied at two. Southern Miss is looking for its fourth straight victory over the Mustangs. Last year, the Eagles took an 81-61 victory in Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss enters Wednesday night's game with a 14-14 record, 4-10 in C-USA. The Golden Eagles have lost their last three and eight of their last nine games after falling 58-42, at No. 4 Memphis, Saturday afternoon.

Junior guard Jeremy Wise led Southern Miss with 14 points and three assists. Sophomore guard R.L. Horton also scored 14 points. Junior forward Andre Stephens led the team with seven rebounds.

Wise is ninth in the conference with 15.9 points per game, while being fourth in the conference with 4.71 assists. Beasley is 13th with 14.3 points and ninth with 6.9 rebounds. Horton is adding 12.8 points and Craft is contributing 10.9 points and 5.6 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles are averaging 66.1 points per game, while allowing 66.4. Southern Miss is hitting 72.4-percent of its free throws and grabbing 34.1 rebounds. USM is currently fourth in the country in turnovers per game, committing just 10.0.

SMU enters tonight's game with an 8-19 record, 2-12 in conference play. The Mustangs have lost five of their last six games following a 74-64 defeat against Tulsa.

The Mustangs placed four players in double-figures, led by freshman guard Paul McCoy with 16 points. Senior center Bamba Fall and junior forward Mouhammad Faye added 12 apiece, and junior guard Derek Williams scored 10 points and added five assists.

McCoy leads the team with 13.7 points while pulling down 4.0 rebounds. Williams is second on the team with 11.7 points and a team-high 3.6 assists. Fall leads the team with 7.3 rebounds.

As a team, the Mustangs are shooting 42.9-percent while allowing its opponents to shoot 41.3-percent from the field. SMU is scoring 63.6 points per game while allowing a 67.0 points.

Head Coach Matt Doherty is in his third season at the helm of the SMU men's basketball program. He has compiled a 32-56 (.364) record during his tenure as head coach. In eight years, Doherty has a 122-127 (.490) overall record.

Southern Miss closes out the regular season this Saturday, when they host UTEP in a nationally televised contest on CBS College Sports. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

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