Southern Miss men’s basketball season underway

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Southern Miss men’s basketball home opener against William Carey is coming off a 66-51 loss at Jacksonville University in the team’s season debut.

Certainly, a disappointing loss to start year two of the Jay Ladner era but growing pains were always to be expected with the addition of nine newcomers.

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The stat sheet tells a story that’s pretty easy to understand with the Golden Eagles shooting just over 30 percent from the field including 3-18 from deep and only 8-19 from the free throw line. Head Coach Jay Ladner said, “Our non-conference schedule is designed and used for to prepare us for conference play because we know that Conference USA is a one-bid league to the NCAA Tournament. So, I thought it helped us – disappointed as heck we lost, mad that we lost. But I thought it helped us to go on the road, as opposed to playing a lesser-than opponent at home to start with such a young group, so now we’ve gotten that behind us.”

The Golden Eagles and Crusaders will tip things off from Reed Green Coliseum at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.