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December 7, 2013

Eagles host Georgia State

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will host Georgia State in the second game of a three-game homestand this Saturday, December 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT.

Southern Miss and Georgia State will meet for the second consecutive year and the 10th time overall. The Golden Eagles hold a 6-3 record in the series. The Black and Gold have won three of the last four meetings. In games played in Hattiesburg, Southern Miss leads, 4-1. This will be the first meeting in Hattiesburg since 1982. Last year, Southern Miss defeated Georgia State, 69-67, in Atlanta.

Southern Miss enters today's game with a 7-1 record. The Golden Eagles defeated Morehead State, 74-60, Wednesday night.

Senior guard Neil Watson leads the team with 10.9 points per game. He is second in Conference USA with in free throw percentage (.926) while also adding 3.5 assists. Junior forward Aaron Brown is averaging 10.5 points. Senior forward Michael Craig is scoring 9.9 points and pulling down a team-high 6.3 rebounds. Senior forward Daveon Boardingham is adding 9.8 points and a 4.3 boards and senior guard Jerrold Brooks is averaging 8.9 points.

Southern Miss is averaging 69.5 points per game and is leading C-USA by allowing just 61.5. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 45.8% from the field and 35.1% from three while allowing just 41.8% from the floor and 34.2% from behind the arc. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 33.2-to-31.6.

Georgia State comes into today's game with a 3-5 record. The Panthers are coming off a 71-54 victory over Young Harris on Wednesday.

Junior guard Ryan Harrow is sixth in the Sun Belt Conference with 18.4 points. He also fourth in assists with 4.1 per game. Sophomore guard R.J. Hunter is scoring 15.4 points and is pulling down 4.3 rebounds. Redshirt junior forward Curtis Washington is averaging 10.9 points. He is also leading the Sun Belt with 3.9 blocks and is fifth with 8.3 boards.

Georgia State is averaging 77.2 points while allowing 74.1. The Panthers are connecting on 47.3-percent from the floor and 34.6% from three while allowing 44.8-percent from the field and 38.8-percent from three. GSU is being outrebounding 35.4-to-33.0 per game.

Head coach Ron Hunter is in his third year as the head of the Georgia State program, where he has a 40-33 (.548). In six years as a head coach.

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