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Eagles Play At Arkansas State
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss (2-2) tries to make it back-to-back victories for the first time in a still, very, young season when the Golden Eagles play a 7:05 p.m., Saturday game in Jonesboro, Ark., against Arkansas State.
Head Coach James Green and his Golden Eagles are fresh off a solid 66-60, Tuesday night, victory over a talented Alcorn State team. That victory evened the Southern Miss record at 2-2, after the Eagles had dropped a pair of games in the Hispanic College Fund Classic in Albuquerque, N.M., Nov. 23-24.
The two teams played last season and the Golden Eagles posted a 76-71 decision over the Indians, Dec. 16, 2000, in a game played in Green Coliseum. That was the first meeting between two teams, that in years past played regularly, since 1992. The two first played in 1955 with ASU winning 88-74. In the 24 games played prior to the upcoming game, Southern Miss leads the series, 14-10.
In last year's game, the Golden Eagles got 27 points from David Wall and another 13 from Vandarel Jones as Southern Miss grabbed a 38-31 halftime lead. ASU rallied late in the game to cut the deficit to 69-65 with 1:50 left, but Southern Miss hit key free throws down the stretch to win and improve to 8-1.
Through four games, Elvin Mims leads Southern Miss scorers at 16.3 points a game and rebounders at 8.0 a game. Through five games, Nick Rivers leads Arkansas State at 21.3 points a game. Three other Indians are in double figures. Arkansas State is averaging 95.2 points a game, while limiting opponents to just under 70 points a game. The Indians have beaten Central Methodist (107-75), Briar Cliff (97-57), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (109-66), Jackson State (90-79) and lost to Mississippi Valley State 79-77.
Following Saturday's game, Southern Miss plays at South Alabama Dec. 5, and then plays three home games leading up to Christmas, Morris Brown (Dec. 15), Millsaps (Dec. 18) and Western Kentucky (Dec. 22).