Eagles Play Rare Game Against LSU
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Though only three-hours, or less, apart, Southern Miss and LSU have played infrequently.
Saturday's game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La., will be only the fourth time the two have met on the basketball court, and the Tigers have won the three previous games. LSU won a 1931 game, 46-35, took a 107-79 victory in 1973, and then stopped the Golden Eagles 91-80 in a preseason NIT game in 1989.
Saturday's game is scheduled for a 3 p.m., CT, tip.
In that game, LSU fielded a starting lineup that featured at least three future NBA performers, Stanley Roberts, Chris Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal scored only 10 points and Roberts added 16 , but Jackson hit 18-of-29 field goals and finished with 37 points.
For the Eagles, Daron Jenkins had 25, current Golden Eagle assistant coach Darrin Chancellor 19, and longtime Southern Miss and NBA standout Clarence Weatherspoon added 17.
A crowd of 13,511 fans watched the game.
This season, LSU brings a 5-0 record into the game, a record that includes a most-recent victory over Utah, 65-51. Jaime Lloreda leads the Tigers in scoring at 23.8 points a game. He also tops the team in rebounding at 11.5 a game, and had his best game of the season with 30 points and 21 rebounds against McNeese State.
For the Golden Eagles, who are coming off a hard-fought, 95-91, victory over Georgia Southern, senior center/forward Charles Gaines continues to lead the team in both scoring (19.1) and rebounding (11.3). He had career high numbers in both scoring (36) and rebounding (18) in the Georgia Southern game.
Jasper Johnson, who had 15 points against Georgia Southern, continues to average 15.1 points a game, the only other Golden Eagle in double figures.
Following Saturday's game, the Eagles will host William Carey, Dec. 22, in a 7 p.m., game, and then will take a short holiday break before ending 2003 play with a Dec. 30 game at Auburn.