Basketball Set for Midweek Game at Tulane
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss basketball team returns to the hardwood on Tuesday night, as the Golden Eagles travel to New Orleans to take on former conference rival Tulane in a televised game at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tipoff between the two schools is slated for 6:00 p.m. on ESPN 3.
Southern Miss (2-7) and Tulane (6-6) have faced off on the hardwood 77 times with the Green Wave holding a slight 40-37 advantage in the series. The Golden Eagles have won nine consecutive meetings between the two teams and 13 of the last 14 games. Southern Miss is 14-23 all-time against Tulane in New Orleans, but have won the last five games in the Big Easy.
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Southern Miss Defeats Tulane, 68-51, to Clinch Conference USA Championship
Southern Miss defeated Tulane, 68-51, Thursday night to clinch its first Conference USA regular season Championship since 2001.
The last time the Golden Eagles and Green Wave played, Southern Miss defeated Tulane, 68-51, on March 6, 2014 to clinch its first Conference USA regular season Championship since 2001 and the fifth regular season championship in school history. Matt Bingaya led Southern Miss with 14 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Aaron Brown had 14 points and six rebounds and Jerrold Brooks had 12 points and four assists. Neil Watson added nine points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Golden Eagles will look to get back to the win column after a 66-46 setback to 2015 NCAA Tournament team Georgia State on Saturday. In the game against the Panthers, Khari Price led the way, recording his first collegiate double-double. The redshirt junior transfer tied a career-high with 20 points and pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds. Price made a career-high seven field goals, including a season-high three three-pointers, while also leading the team in assists.
Prior to the game with the Georgia State, the basketball team had posted back-to-back victories. During the two-game winning streak, the Golden Eagles boasted a 42.0-percent mark from the floor, including a 42.9 clip from behind the arc and an 80-percent average at the free throw line. Defensively, Southern Miss held its opponents to just over 35-percent from the floor and a 58.0 points per game, leading to +7.5 scoring margin for the Golden Eagles. The basketball team was led by Kourtlin Jackson (18.5), Eddie Davis III (13.5), and Quinton Campbell (10.0) who each averaged double-digit points.
Davis has emerged as a stable force for the Golden Eagles. The redshirt freshman has notched five double-digit performances in eight games played this season. Davis has posted four consecutive double-figure efforts, averaging 12.0 points per game in that stretch.
Following the game with Tulane, Southern Miss will take some time off for the Christmas holiday. The team will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 29 as the Golden Eagles host Southeastern Oklahoma State at 7:00 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum.