Men's Basketball Visits USM Looking to Keep Rolling



Feb. 12, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Coming off back-to-back wins, the Tulane men's basketball team looks to keep the momentum going on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT when they face Southern Miss in Reed Green Coliseum.

The Green Wave (16-8, 4-5 C-USA) defeated Marshall at home a week ago and overcame a 19-point second half deficit to win at Houston on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles (18-6, 7-2 C-USA) is just the opposite of Tulane. Southern Miss has dropped two straight games after opening the conference season with seven straight wins.

The Last Meeting
Southern Miss71  
January 7, 2012
Fogelman Arena
Green Wave Fall Short in OT Loss to USM
After trailing by double figures early in the second half, the Tulane men's basketball team fought their way back to force Southern Miss into overtime, only to fall short, 71-66, in the Conference USA home opener on Saturday afternoon in Fogelman Arena.

"Saturday's win was fun, but we have to go next play right now and be ready for one of the top teams in our league," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "Despite Southern Miss losing the last two games, they will be ready to play and we have to bring our best performance on Wednesday night."

Tulane has averaged 89.5 points in the last two wins, over 20 points more than the season average. The Green Wave has also shot over 45 percent from the floor in each of the last two games.

Josh Davis leads the Green Wave into the game. The junior forward averages a double double with 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant adds 15.5 points an outing.

Southern Miss leads the conference in field goal percentage at 48.6, averaged 73.7 points per game and holds opponents to just 59.7 points a contest.

The Golden Eagles are led by senior guard Dwayne Davis 13.4 points per game.

This will be the 75th meeting between the two long-time conference rivals. Tulane owns a 40-34 series lead, but Southern Miss has won six straight and nine of the last 10 meetings. USM also owns an 18-15 series lead in Hattiesburg where The Golden Eagles defeated the Green Wave, 71-66, in OT on Jan. 7, 2012 in New Orleans.

Tulane returns home to host SMU on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT in a game broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

Tulane (16-8, 4-5 C-USA)
G 2 Ricky Tarrant 6-2 190 So. 15.5 ppg 3.0 rpg 3.1 apg
G 11 Kajon Mack 6-3 185 Fr. 1.5 ppg 0.8 rpg 0.3 apg
F 22 Kendall Timmons 6-5 215 Sr. 8.1 ppg 4.9 rpg 2.1 apg
F 00 Josh Davis 6-8 215 Jr. 17.5 ppg 10.0 rpg 2.0 apg
C 34 Tre Drye 6-6 218 So. 4.8 ppg 6.0 rpg 0.6 spg

Southern Miss (18-6, 7-2 C-USA)
G 4 Dwayne Davis 6-5 224 Sr. 13.4 ppg 4.5 rpg
G 5 Neil Watson 5-11 170 Jr. 9.1 ppg 5.0 rpg
G 23 Jerrold Brooks 6-0 205 Jr. 10.5 ppg 2.3 rpg
F 11 Daveon Boardingham 6-7 225 Jr. 8.0 ppg 3.6 rpg
F 24 Jonathan Mills 6-6 230 Sr. 9.0 ppg 6.9 rpg