Southern Miss in need of new year’s spark


After winning four games in a row over the holidays, the Southern Miss men’s basketball team has yet to make good on any kind of resolution to start the new year.

The Golden Eagles have since lost three straight following an overtime win over UTEP on New Year’s Day.

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During this current rough patch, senior sharp shooter LaDavius Draine actually became just the second player in school history to reach 200 made three-pointers now sitting at 201.

Ironically, Draine not getting enough open looks is a big part of USM’s current skid, having made just two three’s and perhaps even more alarming, having attempting just six over his last four games.

To be fair, Head Coach Jay Ladner says the scouting report is more detailed than ever. “People that are very familiar with Draine and have played against him multiple times and against Southern Miss multiple times, of course, prior to me and now during our tenure, but they’re sitting on Draine. They know when he likes to go to the bathroom, they know what he likes to eat for dinner, does he prefer Popeye’s or Kentucky Fried, I mean they know the deal. And that’s one we have to stay a step ahead as a coaching staff and try to do a better job.”

Draine is USM’s only senior that sees the court on a nightly basis.

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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