Dec. 5, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
The Southern Miss men's basketball team looks to finish its season-opening, seven-game homestand unblemished when they play host to Southern-New Orleans, Wednesday, at 7 p.m., in Reed Green Coliseum.
The Golden Eagles (6-0) are vying for their first 7-0 start since 1985-86. The current six-game winning streak is the longest since December of 2004, during coach Larry Eustachy's first season.
Southern Miss, which is still one of 17 undefeated teams in Division I basketball, ranks in the Top 10 in the nation in three statistical categories, according to the first set of NCAA statistics released Monday, though games of Dec. 3.
The Golden Eagles rank first in the country in rebound margin at 16.8 boards per contest and also hold down No. 6 in scoring margin at 25.3 points per contest, while ranking No. 7 in field goal percentage defense (34.2 percent).
Individually, freshman Jeremy Wise (Jackson, Miss.) ranks No. 56 in the country in free throw percentage (.889, hitting 24-of-27) and leads the Golden Eagles in scoring with a 16.8 points per game average.
Wise is followed in the scoring column by sophomore Courtney Beasley (Huntsville, Ala.), who is tallying 11.5 points per game, while junior Demar Dotson (Alexandria, La.) is third on the team at 11.2. The duo of Beasley and Doston pace the team in rebounding at 7.0 per game, as the team Is averaging 45.8 boards per contest - including 16.7 offensive rebounds an affair.
SUNO enters the game at 2-4, having picked up a pair of forfeit victories over Concordia College. The Knights have also lost to Philander Smith, West Alabama, Stillman College and Delta State to start the year. The game for the Knights, a NAIA school in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, is considered an exhibition contest. It will be their final one of the season, after already playing at Southern-Baton Rouge, Alcorn State and Nicholls State.
In their last outing against Delta State, the Knights were led by Berry Jordan, who scored 18 points, while Perry Dominic tallied 14 and Willie Chaney chipped in 10.
Following the SUNO contest, the Golden Eagles take off for final exams for the semester, before returning to action Dec. 16, to face Alabama in a 7:15 p.m., contest in Mobile as part of the Coors Classic doubleheader. The game is slated for the Mitchell Center on the South Alabama campus and will take place following the Jaguars' game against Ole Miss at 5 p.m.