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Monday, January 29, 2007

Memphis Goes In Search of Ninth Straight Win

Memphis goes in search of ninth straight win
January 27, 12:26 PM

The premier team in Conference USA is the 11th-ranked Memphis Tigers, and they welcome the Southern Miss Golden Eagles to town this afternoon.

With back-to-back wins, Southern Miss has improved to 13-5 overall, including a 3-2 mark against C-USA foes. On Wednesday, the Golden Eagles put forth one of their best offensive efforts of the season in an 83-72 triumph over East Carolina.

Memphis has won eight straight games, a streak that began back on December 23rd. The current run has enabled the Tigers to move to 16-3 overall, including a 6-0 mark in league play. All eight wins during the streak have come by double figures, including a 72-59 triumph over Tulsa on Wednesday.

Memphis holds a 51-23 advantage in the all-time series with Southern Miss, and the Tigers won both meetings last season by a wide margin.

Four players scored in double figures for Southern Miss in the 11-point victory over East Carolina on Thursday. The Golden Eagles got 19 points apiece from Sai'Quon Stone and Craig Craft, and 17 of Stone's points came from the foul line. In fact, Southern Miss earned a 27-7 edge in points from the charity stripe, the most obvious contributing factor in the win. Jeremy Wise pitched in 15 points and six assists, while Courtney Beasley tallied 12 points. Wise is the top scorer for Southern miss this season, as he is netting 15.8 ppg. Unfortunately, there is not another double- digit scorer in the lineup. On a positive note, the Golden Eagles are a tremendous defensive team, limiting opponents to 59.6 ppg on 38.6 percent shooting from the field while also outrebounding foes by well over eight boards per contest.

Memphis did not have the services of Chris Douglas-Roberts against Tulsa, as he continues to recover from a high ankle sprain. In the absence of the standout, the Tigers connected on only 39.7 percent of their field goal attempts, including a 4-of-16 showing from three-point range. Fortunately, they were able to force 18 turnovers and limit the Golden Hurricane to 33.9 percent shooting from the field. Leading the way in the win was Joey Dorsey with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Robert Dozier came through with 12 points and eight boards, and Jeremy Hunt tallied 11 points. Douglas-Roberts is averaging 14.8 ppg, and his status for today's game is uncertain. Hunt checks in with 13.5 ppg, and Dozier is contributing 11.5 ppg and 6.3 rpg.

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