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Southern Miss Closes Two-Game Homestand with Alabama State

Nov. 17, 2008

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team, coming off a season-opening victory over Loyola (N.O.), closes out its two-game homestand Tuesday night when it hosts Alabama State at 7:00 p.m. (CT) at Reed Green Coliseum.

Southern Miss won the only two previous meetings, taking an 80-43 win in 2006, followed by an 82-68 victory last year. Both games were played in Hattiesburg.

Last year, Wise led the way with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Beasley also added 19 points. Craig Craft added 12 points, and Gjio Bain pulled down 16 rebounds. Brandon Gordon scored 16 for Alabama State.

Against Loyola, junior Jeremy Wise led the way with 23 points and five rebounds. Senior Courtney Beasley scored 11 points and pulled down five boards. Junior Andre Stephens had a game-high seven rebounds while scoring eight points.

This game marks the 2008-09 season opener for Alabama State. The Hornets are coming off a 2007-08 campaign that saw them finish with a 20-10 record and earn a berth to the NIT. ASU is led by returning guard Andrew Hayles. Hayles was the only player to average double-digit points, scoring 14.7 points per game. As a team, the Hornets averaged 71.6 points.

Alabama State head coach Lewis Jackson is in his fourth year at the helm of the Hornets. He holds a 52-48 career record.

The game will be broadcast on WXRR-FM 104.5, with the pregame showing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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