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Eagles End Three-Game Home Stand
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss wraps up a three-game homestand Saturday against a Western Kentucky team that has been nationally ranked much of the season, a team that has compiled a 7-2 record, while posting victories against such quality teams as Kentucky (64-52), George Washington, Evansville, Murray State, and Austin Peay.
Southern Miss and Western Kentucky have played just once previous to the upcoming game. The Hilltoppers posted a 60-58 decision in a Dec. 8, 1958, game played in Bowling Green, Ky.
The visitors are coming off a 95-61, Wednesday night home victory over Creighton. The Hilltoppers dropped a 94-91 overtime decision to Creighton on the road earlier in the season. Western put five players in double figures in that game.
The Hilltoppers' outstanding center, Chris Marcus, continues to lead the team in scoring at 14.6 points a game. However, he has not played in his team's last three games after suffering an injury, and indications are that he will not play against the Golden Eagles.
Western Kentucky has three other players in double figures, with Derek Robinson topping that group at 13.1 points a game. The visitors are averaging an eye-popping 84.7 points a game, while giving up just 65.9. They also are equally solid on the boards, where they hold a 38.0-to-29.7 rebounds per game edge.
Southern Miss is fresh off a 64-51 victory over Millsaps Tuesday night. The Golden Eagles have won three straight and their record stands at 5-3 after eight games.
Senior forward Elvin Mims continues to lead the Golden Eagles in scoring at 20.3 points a game. Clement Carter used a 24-point game against Millsaps to push his average into double digits at 11.3 points a game.
The Golden Eagles are averaging 66.5 points a game, while allowing 62.2 points a game. Southern Miss leads the rebounding battle, 35.5-to-31.4 a game.
Following tonight's game, the Eagles will enjoy a brief Christmas break, before ending 2001 play with a Dec. 29th game at Auburn. Thereafter, Southern Miss quickly gets into C-USA play with games at Memphis (Jan. 5) and South Florida (Jan. 8).