Eagles Take Short Break, Then Face Auburn
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss' basketball Golden Eagles take a few days off after beating William Carey, 91-59, to end the home portion of the 2003 schedule, then quickly get ready for a Dec. 30, game at Auburn.
The Auburn series is one in which victories have been hard to come by for the Golden Eagles. In 13 games previous to the Dec. 30 game, Southern Miss has managed to win just one of them, and that came in the finals of the Blue Angels Classic in Pensacola, Fla., where the Eagles beat the Tigers, 84-73, in the finals of the four-team event.
Auburn won last year's game. 92-46, at Auburn.
The Tigers go into the game with a 7-2, record, and on a two-game losing streak that included a Dec. 22, 77-72 home loss to Georgia State. Two days earlier, the Tigers lost at UNLV, 82-69.
Auburn has three players averaging double-figure points, with Marco Killingsworth leading the group at 14.3 points a game. Brandon Robinson is a close second at 12.9 points a game and also is the team's second-leading rebounder, at 6.9 a game.
Ian Young averages 10.4 points for a team that has averaged 78.7 points a game, while limiting the combined opposition to 61.8 points a game and.
Southern Miss goes into the game off a convincing 91-59 victory over William Carey, a game that saw Clement Carter write his name in the Southern Miss record book with the second-most 3-point baskets in a game, with nine. He made two in the first half, and his first seven in the second half, to finish with a career-best 30 points, and just one 3-point basket behind Bernard Haslett.
Charles Gaines (21), Jasper Johnson (14) and Jarekus Singleton (10) all were in double figures in the Carey game, and Gaines continues to lead the Eagles in scoring (18.8) and rebounding (11.2).
Greg Johnson was the only Southern Miss player in double figures in last year's game at Auburn, with 13, for a Golden Eagle team that shot just .298 (17-57) in the game.
Following tonight's game, the Eagles resume play with a Jan. 4 home game, against UNO, and open C-USA action Jan. 7, at Louisville.