East Carolina (16-10) at Southern Miss (21-7)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reed Green Coliseum (8,095) -- Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Television: None. Home Record: ECU 11-4, USM 10-1. Away Record: ECU 5-6, USM
9-6. Neutral Record: ECU 0-0, USM 2-0. Conference Record: ECU 7-6, USM 10-3.
Series Record: Southern Miss leads, 14-7.
GAME NOTES: The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will play host to the East
Carolina Pirates in a Conference-USA clash at the Reed Green Coliseum on
The Pirates most recently defeated SMU, 72-69. It was the second consecutive
win and third in the last four games for East Carolina. The Pirates are now
2-0 in their current three-game road swing and look to close it out undefeated
before heading home to host Tulane and Marshall to end the regular season. ECU
has scored 70+ points in each of its last six games.
The Golden Eagles are coming off an 89-73 loss at 19th-ranked Memphis. The
loss ended a three-game win streak for Southern Miss which will head to
Marshall next before closing out its regular season action by hosting UCF next
Saturday. After starting off conference play 7-0, the Golden Eagles have gone
just 3-3 in their last six outings.
Southern Miss leads the all-time series 14-7 between these squads and has won
that last nine straight meetings. The last two games have been decided in
overtime with Southern Miss coming out on top, most recently with an 86-82 win
just a couple weeks ago in Greenville.
In the win over the Mustangs, Akeem Richmond scored a career-high 29 points,
while hitting on an efficient 9-of-14 shots from 3-point range. Miguel Paul
and Paris Campbell added 11 points each, while Robert Sampson pulled down 11
rebounds and recorded four blocks.
Maurice Kemp is the Pirates' leading scorer with 17.8 ppg on over 50.0 percent
shooting from the field, while also grabbing 7.7 rpg. Paul adds 12.8 ppg and
Richmond manages 10.3 ppg having not started a single game this season and
averaging just 17.0 minutes per game. Sampson is the top rebounder for ECU
with 9.2 per game to go with his 9.5 ppg.
In the loss to the Tigers, Dwayne Davis supplied a career-high of his own with
28 points, while shooting 11-of-12 from the free-throw line for the Golden
Eagles. Jerrold Brooks knocked down four 3-pointers in scoring 16 points and
Jonathan Mills just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
While the squad hit on 16-of-18 attempts from the charity stripe, it shot a
poor 37.9 percent from the field against Memphis, which remains undefeated in
Davis is the Golden Eagles' top scorer this season, posting 14.4 ppg, while
shooting 48.0 percent from the field. Brooks adds 10.9 ppg while Mills is the
team's leading rebounder with 7.0 rpg. Southern Miss has the 18th best scoring
margin in the nation (+12.1), proving the Golden Eagles are dominant on both
ends of the court.
The Golden Eagles have lost just one of their 11 home games this season while
the Pirates carry a losing record in away competition at 5-6. Southern Miss
trails just Memphis in the conference standings and should make easy work of
the Pirates in Hattiesburg.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southern Miss 73, East Carolina 64
03/02 10:44:09 ET