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Eagles Return Home For Three Games
Hattiesburg, Miss. - After splitting a pair of road games, a loss at Arkansas State (85-61) and a victory at South Alabama (76-66), Southern Miss starts a three-game home stand Saturday night, Dec. 15, when the Golden Eagles entertain first-time opponent Morris Brown.
Morris Brown, located in Atlanta, Ga., is an independent team that posted a 6-22 record a year ago. The Wolverines are led by first-year head coach Derek Thompson, whose team was 1-7 through eight games, the most recent a 92-76 loss to Denver, in a game played in Atlanta. Guard Sam Daniel leads the team in scoring through eight games at 9.5 points a game.
Southern Miss is unbeaten in two previous home games this season, victories over Jackson State and Alcorn.
With a 3-3 record through six games, senior forward Elvin Mims is the lone Golden Eagle, who is averaging in double figures. He's currently at 20.3 points a game after getting a career high 33 in the victory at South Alabama. He also leads the team in rebounding at 7.7 misses a game. Ben Lambert is close to double figures at 9.8 points a game and Clement Carter and Brad Richardson both are at 8.8 points a game.
The Eagles have improved their field goal shooting in recent games, now at .428 (136-318) and the improvement is even more noticable from the free throw line where the team numbers stand at 96-of-138 (.696). Among the regulars, Mims leads the way from the line, hitting 24-of-29 (.828).
Following tonight's game, Southern Miss stays at home for games against Millsaps (Dec. 18) and Western Kentucky (Dec. 22). Following a short holiday break, the Eagles will play at Auburn Dec. 29, and quickly get into 2002 action with a two-game, Conference USA road trip that will take Southern Miss to Memphis (Jan. 5) and to South Florida (Jan. 8) for a pair of National Division games.