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Southern Miss (19-6) at East Carolina (14-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 5 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Minges Coliseum (8,000) -- Greenville, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: USM 9-1, ECU 11-3. Away Record: USM 8-5, ECU 3-6. Neutral Record: USM 2-0, ECU 0-0. Conference Record: USM 8-2, ECU 5-5. Series Record: Southern Miss leads, 13-7.

GAME NOTES: The Southern Miss Golden Eagles try to keep their hopes of capturing the Conference USA title alive as they journey to Minges Coliseum for a matchup with the East Carolina Panthers.

This is the first of two meetings between these schools this season. USM and ECU will clash again in Hattiesburg on March 2. Coming into the inaugural encounter of the 2012-13 campaign, the Golden Eagles hold a 13-7 all-time series lead.

Donnie Tyndale's Golden Eagles come in with a 19-6 record, 8-2 in C-USA action. USM snapped a two-game slide that consisted of setbacks to UCF (60-58) and Memphis (89-76) with an easy, 71-60 victory over Tulane. Senior guard Dwayne Davis led the charge with 21 points, his second consecutive 20-point performance. Jerrold Brooks chimed in with 14 points and Daveon Boardingham grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Davis is scoring a team-high 13.8 ppg while the 6-foot-6 senior forward Jonathan Mills pulls down a team-best 6.8 boards per game.

In the triumph over the Green Wave, USM knocked down 54.3 percent from the floor and forced 18 turnovers, while holding Tulane to 44.7 percent shooting from the field. Southern Miss is scoring 73.6 points per game but allowing just 59.6, which leads Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.8- percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 39.7-percent, which are first and third in the league, respectively. Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the program after holding the same position at Morehead State previously.

Although the Pirates came out of their last outing with a 74-61 victory over UAB, ECU's offensive struggles continued. The team scored over 80 points in 10 of its first 19 games before being held under that mark in its previous five outings. Senior forward Maurice Kemp will become the first Pirate in 20 years to score 20 points in four straight games if he reaches that many on Saturday after tallying 33 at Rice, 24 at UCF and 23 versus UAB. Kemp leads the squad in scoring with 18.3 ppg on 50.7 percent shooting from the floor, while Miguel Paul contributes 12.8 points and 6.4 assists per contest. Robert Sampson anchors the interior with 9.0 rpg to go along with 1.8 bpg.

Paul's excellent distributing skills are a big reason why ECU is ranked seventh in the nation with 17.0 assists per contest. Jeff Lebo's team is apparently beginning to find its shooting touch with 16 makes from long range and a 27-of-35 (77.1 percent) clip at the charity stripe over the past two games.

This is a key game for both teams as they both are wrestling for position in the league standings. USM is basically in a must win situation to keep its conference title hopes alive. The Golden Eagles have enough athleticism and depth to limit Kemp's production, but they will need to account for Paul and Ty Armstrong to earn a decision.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Southern Miss 75, East Carolina 70

02/16 10:36:23 ET

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Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
6th
SYR 0
DUR 0
 
Final
KAN 8
CHC 4
6th
COL 2
PHI 0
 
6th
TAM 1
BAL 0
 
6th
MIA 4
NYM 2
 
5th
WAS 0
CIN 1
 
2nd
BOS 0
TEX 0
 
2nd
ARI 1
MIL 1
 
1st
CWS 0
HOU 0
 
8:10pm Tonight
TOR 0
MIN 0
1st
LOS 0
STL 0
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
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1st
TAM 0
NYR 0
 
Final
AUBURN 6
CHARLESTON 7
 
Final
CALIFORNIA 9
CCAROLINA 3
 
Final
COLUMBIA 6
ECAROLINA 3
 
Final
ORALROBRTS 6
ARKANSAS 8
 
Final
SFLORIDA 5
FAU 3
 
Final
WRIGHTST 7
NOTREDAME 13
 
Final
MICHIGAN 10
BRADLEY 5
 
Final
OREGON 1
IOWA 3
 
Final
TEXAS 4
OREGONST 5
 
Final
INDIANA 7
RADFORD 1
 
Final
ULLAFAYETE 7
RICE 6
 
Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
7th
LEHIGH 2
LSU 6
 
8th
CLEMSON 2
ARIZONAST 4
 
7th
MERCER 4
FLORIDAST 4
 
7th
MOREHEADST 2
LOUISVILLE 5
 
8th
VIRGINIA 3
USC 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
CANISIUS 0
SWMISSOURI 0
 
5th
FIU 0
MIAFLA 6
 
5th
FLAAM 0
FLORIDA 6
 
4th
MARYLAND 3
MISS 0
 
5th
STJOHNS 2
OKLAHOMAST 3
 
6th
TSOUTHERN 0
TEXASAM 2
 
4th
VCU 5
DALLASBAPT 0
 
1st
HSTNBAPT 3
HOUSTON 0
 
1st
LIPSCOMB 0
VANDERBILT 0
 
2nd
OHIO 1
ILLINOIS 1
 
2nd
SACREDHART 0
TCU 1
 
9:30pm Tonight
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Tonight
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Tonight
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Tonight
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
6th
SYR 0
DUR 0