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Southern Miss plays rare basketball game on New Year’s Day

Southern Mississippi guard Quinton Campbell (22) scored 24 points against UTEP on Saturday at Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Mississippi guard Quinton Campbell (22) scored 24 points against UTEP on Saturday at Reed Green Coliseum. Associated Press

Southern Miss plays host to Louisiana Tech in its Conference-USA opener at 2 p.m. Sunday at Reed-Green Coliseum.

For the third straight year, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech open C-USA action against each other.

The Golden Eagles (3-9) have lost eight straight games, including three at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Tournament last week in Honolulu.

Quinton Campbell is averaging a team-best 10.4 points for the Golden Eagles. Tim Rowe is second at 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds.

Louisiana Tech (8-5) has one of the league’s top players, Erik McCree, who averages a team-leading 17.8 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. Jacobi Boykins is second at 14.8 points, Jalen Harris at 12.7. Omar Sherman is the Bulldogs’ other double-digit scorer, producing 10.3 points.

The Bulldogs beat Southern Miss 70-59 in their last meeting on Jan. 23, 2016 at Reed-Green Coliseum.

Southern Miss is playing in only its third game on New Year’s Day. The others came in 1952 and 1999.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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