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Despite move, S. Miss beats No. 21 Marquette

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Published January 17, 2004

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Southern Miss made itself right at home in Marquette country.

The Golden Eagles traveled 1,100 miles to play what was technically a home game against No. 21 Marquette and ended up routing the Golden Eagles from Milwaukee 83-61 Friday night behind 24 points from Greg Johnson.

The win in front of a crowd of 8,180 that was partial to the so-called visitors was especially satisfying for Southern Miss, which took some heat for scheduling the game in the first place.

"You can call it a home game," coach James Green said, "but it didn't feel like a home game to me."

Southern Miss (9-6, 2-2 C-USA) used a 17-3 run in the second half to hand Marquette (11-4, 2-2) its second straight loss. The Golden Eagles lost at home to No. 10 Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Southern Miss had sold its home game to an independent promoter.

School officials said the game was moved to the campus of Wisconsin-Green Bay because of the school's close connection with Packers quarterback Brett Favre. But Favre was at home in Hattiesburg, Miss., and never planned to attend.

Greg Johnson scored 24 and Jasper Johnson 15 for Southern Miss.

Late Thursday

USC 99, NO. 7 ARIZONA 90: Desmon Farmer scored a career-high 40 and the host Trojans led nearly all the way in the upset.

The loss was the second straight for the Wildcats (10-3, 2-2 Pac-10), who were beaten by No. 3 Stanford 82-72 Saturday.


NO. 7 STANFORD 63, CAL 53: Nicole Powell had 25 points and the visiting Cardinal remained unbeaten in Pac-10 play.

NO. 17 DePAUL 88, UAB 71: Khara Smith had 29 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Blue Demons, who are 7-0 on the road.

MARQUETTE 60, USF 40: The Bulls fell to 7-9 after losing their home Conference USA opener. They were outscored by 10 in each half and fell to 0-3 in C-USA.

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