Jan. 1, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will play its last game before beginning conference play when it travels to Nashville, Tenn., to face SEC foe Vanderbilt on Saturday, Jan. 2. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on FSN-South as well as ESPN360.com.
Southern Miss and Vanderbilt have met once before, in the 1987 National Invitation Tournament. The Golden Eagles defeated VU, 95-87, in the Quarterfinals played at Vanderbilt.
Southern Miss enters Saturday afternoon's game with a 9-3 record after defeating Dillard, 87-55, in Reed Green Coliseum.
Sophomore Maurice Bolden led the way for the Golden Eagles, scoring 18 points while grabbing six rebounds. Junior guard Josimar Ayarza scored 17 points and had a game-high eight rebounds. Senior Buchi Awaji added 11 points and five rebounds.
Flowers is ninth in Conference USA with 14.6 points. He is 10th in field goal percentage, connecting on 52.1-percent of his shots, third in rebounding with 8.9 boards per game and fourth in blocks (2.3).
Bolden is second on the team with 13.0 points per game and 7.2 rebounds, good for 10th in the conference. He is also sixth in the league in free throw percentage, hitting 82.0-percent from the line. Sophomore guard Angelo Johnson and junior guard R.L. Horton are also contributing 9.4 points apiece.
As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 72.1 points per game, while allowing 60.2. The Golden Eagles are second in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 41.5 boards per game, while giving up just 30.9 to the opposition. The Black and Gold are connecting on 45.5-percent of their shots, while the opposition is hitting just 37.9-percent.
Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his sixth season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled an 84-83 (.503) record during his time as head coach. In 18 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 344-228 (.601).
Vanderbilt enters Saturday afternoon's contest with a 9-3 record. The Commodores have won their last three games after defeating Manhattan, 86-48, last Wednesday.
Freshman guard John Jenkins led the Commodores with his 15 points and six rebounds. Junior center A.J. Ogilvy had 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Sophomore guard Jeffery Taylor leads the team with 15.0 points 6.1 rebounds. Senior guard Jermaine Beal is scoring 12.7 points while Ogilvy is adding 12.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
As a team, VU is averaging 78.2 points per game while allowing 66.1. Vanderbilt is grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game, while giving up 36.5. The Commodores are connecting on 48.7-percent of its shots, while the opposition scores 39.3-percent of the time.
Head coach Kevin Stallings is in his 11th season leading the Vanderbilt men's basketball program. He currently holds a 198-131 (.602) record. Overall, Stallings is 321-184 (.636) in 17 seasons as a head coach.
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