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Herd travels south to take on surging Southern Miss.

The Parthenon

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 00:01

The Thundering Herd Men’s basketball team starts a two game conference road trip Wednesday night when it faces the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Herd stand at 9-9 on the season and improved to a 2-1 conference record after a 77-56 victory over East Carolina in the Henderson Center last Saturday.

The Golden Eagles are one of the hottest teams in Conference USA, with a 15-4 overall record and 4-0 record in conference.

Head coach Tom Herrion said the game will be challenging.

“It will be a terrific matchup, they’re playing as well as anybody in the league,” Herrion said. “They’ve won six or seven in a row. They’re really tough at home. They’re athletic and Donnie Tyndall’s done a great job in transition taking over for Coach (Larry) Eustachy. It will be a great challenge for us.”

Junior forward Elijah Pittman, who averages 14.7 points per game, leads The Herd in scoring and junior guard DeAndre Kane averages 14.6 points and a team-high 7.6 assists per game.Heading into Wednesday’s game, Senior Dwayne Davis, who averages 12.9 points per game, shoots over 50 percent from the floor and 48 percent from behind the three-point line, leads The Golden Eagles in scoring.  
Herd senior Dennis Tinnon said there is a certain mentality necessary for any road contest.

“We’ve just got to go out there and play among ourselves and give ourselves tunnel vision where we are just focused on us,” Tinnon said.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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