Dec. 10, 2008
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team looks to snap a two-game losing streak Thursday afternoon when it faces Kansas State in the K-State Holiday Classic at 7 p.m. (CT). The game will be played in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
This will be the fourth neutral site game for the Golden Eagles in their first eight games. They finished 2-1 at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
Southern Miss holds a 3-2 advantage of Kansas State. This will be the second meeting between the schools in Kansas City. K-State defeated the Eagles, 79-68, Dec. 28, 1991 in the BMA Classic.
Against New Mexico, Dairese Gary hit two free throws with 4.7 seconds left as Southern Miss fell to New Mexico, 60-58. The Golden Eagles led by 11 points with 18:41 to play. But the Eagles went cold, converting on just 30.4-percent from the field in the second half. Sophomore R.L. Horton scored a career-high 27 points, including four three-pointers, while also pulling down four rebounds. Junior Jeremy Wise was held without a field goal for the first time in his career, connecting on just five free throws.
Wise is currently second in the conference with 20.6 points per game, while also bringing down 4.6 rebounds. Sophomore R.L. Horton is adding 12.3 points, while Beasley is averaging 11.7 points and grabbing a team-high 5.9 rebounds.
As a team, the Golden Eagles are shooting 42.0-percent from the field, including 72.1-percent from the free throw line. Southern Miss is scoring 68.6 points per game, while allowing 64.7.
Kansas State enters Thursday's game with a 5-3 record, having dropped its last three games. The Wildcats are led by sophomore guard Jacob Pullen with 15.0 points per game, while dishing out 3.6 assists. Junior guard Denis Clemente is second on the squad with 12.4 points. Freshman forward Jamar Samuels is scoring 10.5 points per game, while sophomore forwards Ron Anderson and Dominique Sutton lead the team with 5.9 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.
Kansas State Head Coach Frank Martin is in his second season at the helm of the Kansas State men's basketball program. He has compiled a 26-15 (.634) record during his tenure as head coach.
The game will be broadcast on WXRR-FM 104.5, with the pregame showing beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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