Eagles End 2001 Play, At Auburn
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss wraps up play for the year 2001 with a late December game at Auburn, the third straight year this has been the case for Head Coach James Green's team. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m., Dec. 29 in Auburn, Ala. The game originally was listed as a 3 p.m., game, but was changed recently to the 1 p.m., start.
The Eagles are scheduled to depart Hattiesburg by charter bus mid-morning Friday, Dec. 28, headquarter at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, work out at 6 p.m., Friday night, play the game at 1 p.m., and return to Hattiesburg immediately following the game.
Auburn leads the series with the Golden Eagles 10-1, after winning last year's game 73-69. Southern Miss has not beaten Auburn in Auburn, but did beat the Tigers for the only time in 1989. That game was an 84-73 decision that came in the finals of the Blue Angels Classic in Pensacola, Fla. That also was a late December game.
The Tigers come into the game not having played since an 83-38 victory over UNC-Asheville on Dec. 20. Auburn is 7-3, with the three losses coming by narrow margins against Rutgers (57-56), Louisiana Tech (67-66) and Virginia (77-72).
Auburn is led by Derrick Bird who is averaging 12.5 points a game. Teammates Marquis Daniels (12.0) and Brandon Robinson (10.7) are close behind. The Tigers shoot .449 (262-584) from the floor, a solid .333 (57-171) from the three-point line and a not-so-good .583 (130-223) from the free throw line. Auburn is outscoring the combined opposition 71.1-to-59.8 points a game but trails in the battle of the boards by a 38.9-to-36.9 margin.
For Southern Miss, Elvin Mims, despite being limited to just seven points in the loss to Western Kentucky, continues to pace the Eagle scorers at 18.8 points a game. Clement Carter has put together solid back-to-back games and has increased his average to 12.0 points a game.
Mims also continues to pace the rebounders at 6.7 a game. Carter has increased his production to 5.8 a game.
Following the Auburn game, the Eagles will enjoy a brief New Year's break, but then quickly get into C-USA play with games at Memphis (Jan. 5) and South Florida (Jan. 8).
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