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Southern Miss fans pour into Reed Green Coliseum as Golden Eagles remain unbeaten at home

Charlie Luttrell

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HATTIESBURG, Ms – Southern Miss Men’s Basketball is undefeated at home and the impact of the home court advantage in the Reed Green Coliseum is growing with the program’s turnaround.

The Golden Eagles won both of its conference games this past week against South Alabama and James Madison, which each set records for attendance.

4,128 fans came to see Southern Miss Thursday against the Jaguars, which was the highest number in Head Coach Jay Ladner’s tenure. That did not stand for long, as 4,318 fans came into the arena Saturday. It’s something that Hattiesburg has not seen in a long time and even reminds Ladner of his playing days as a Golden Eagle.

“It feels like 1987 in there,” Ladner said. “There were a couple of times when I was on the sidelines that I had goosebumps, and I have them now, just thinking about it. I was so honored to live it back then and just to feel that energy that happens in there makes it really neat and I’m glad our guys are getting that opportunity.”

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The crowd drawing comparisons to 1987 is quite the feat for a team coming off of a 7-26 season, in which the Golden Eagles won only one conference game and suffered the second worst losing streak in program history.

Senior DeAndre Pinckney has gone through some of the toughest times with the program, but he says that the team’s hard work and trust in each other is starting to pay off. He’s seen plenty in his time as a Golden Eagle, but never 4,000 people in the stands.

“I’ve been out there and seen

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