Dec. 5, 2008
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will play its first true road game when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to face New Mexico, Saturday at 5:00 p.m. CT.
This will be just the second meeting between the two schools, and the first since 1950. New Mexico won the only other game, taking a 53-51 victory in Albuquerque on Dec. 23, 1950.
Southern Miss is coming off a tough, 76-73, overtime loss against South Alabama. The Eagles held a 10-point first half lead, but USA rallied behind 58-percent shooting from the field and 71.4-percent shooting from three-point range. Junior Jeremy Wise led Southern Miss, recording season-highs with 28 points and six assists, while also adding a career-high six steals. Seniors Courtney Beasley and Craig Craft added 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Wise is currently the conference leader with 23.2 points per game, while also bringing down 4.2 rebounds. Beasley is averaging 12.2 points and grabbing a team-high 5.8 rebounds. Sophomore R.L. Horton is adding 9.8 points.
As a team, the Golden Eagles are shooting 42.5-percent from the field, including a conference best 73.2-percent from the free throw line. Southern Miss is scoring 70.3 points per game, while allowing 65.5,
New Mexico enters Saturday's game with a 3-4 record, after dropping three-of-four games at the Cancun Challenge. Recently, they had their 33-home winning streak snapped when they lost to Conference USA rival UCF. The Lobos are led by junior forward Roman Martinez with 11.0 points per game. He is also second on the team with 5.6 rebounds. Senior guard Tony Danridge is second on the squad with 10.9 points. Senior forward Daniel Faris is scoring 10.4 points per game, while leading the team with 5.7 rebounds.
As a team, New Mexico is shooting 48.3-percent while scoring 78.0 points. The Lobos are allowing opponents to shoot just 38.6-percent.
New Mexico Head Coach Steve Alford is in his second season at the helm of the New Mexico men's basketball program. He has compiled a 27-13 (.675) record during his tenure as head coach. In 18 years, he has a 335-196 (.631) overall record.
The game will be broadcast on WXRR-FM 104.5, with the pregame showing beginning at 4:30 p.m.
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