Men's Basketball looks to take momentum into Saturday versus UTSA
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss, fresh off an 85-75 win on Thursday night over UTEP, is back in action Saturday at 4 p.m. CT when it hosts UTSA.
The game can be found on CUSA.tv as well as with the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network (Rock 104.5 in Hattiesburg/Laurel). John Cox will have the call on both platforms.
The Roadrunners (9-7, 2-1 C-USA) are coming off a 78-76 victory at LA Tech on Thursday, featuring a game-winning shot in the final seconds.
– Southern Miss shot 60.3 percent on Thursday night, its highest since Jan. 3, 2015 versus LA Tech. Fans were also treated to a 74.1 percent clip in the second half (20-for-27).
– Five Golden Eagles scored in double-figures on Thursday, led by Dominic Magee’s 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting. Tyree Griffin (19 points), Cortez Edwards (14), Kevin Holland (10) and D’Angelo Richardson (10) added to the offensive onslaught. It was the first time that feat was accomplished since a Feb. 2, 2017 win over Marshall.
– Southern Miss’ 14 steals were also its most against a Division I team in the Doc Sadler era. It also had 16 versus Rust on Dec. 3.
– The home team has won each of the seven games in the UTSA-Southern Miss series. The Golden Eagles won on Jan. 5, 2017 behind the triumphant return of senior guard Khari Price from offseason knee surgery, as his 20 points and three assists helped the Black and Gold to a 77-59 win. Cortez Edwards also had 13 points and 13 rebounds, the latter serving as the highest total since Michael O’Donnell in the 2015-16 season opener.
– UTSA won a much more defensive contest in the Feb. 9 rematch, a 57-51 decision where both teams combined to shoot 35.4 percent. Edwards was again the star, posting 11 rebounds and eight assists. It was the highest-such combination by a Golden Eagle since the 2012-13 season.
– Edwards was arguably the team MVP during the bulk of the 2016-17 season, becoming a full-time starter just before Christmas. This year, however, he has upped his field goal percentage six points (now 51 percent) and free-throw mark eight points (76 percent).
– If not for LaDavius Draine entering Thursday’s game for the final minute of play, Southern Miss would have had its second game of the season using just seven players. The other occurrence was the 89-71 win over Troy on Dec. 10. Tim Rowe tied a career-high with 29 minutes as well. Magee went for more than 30 for the fifth time of his career (all coming this season).
– Southern Miss has risen to fifth and 10th nationally for fewest turnovers per game (9.7) and assist-turnover ratio (1.57). Against WKU, the squad committed no turnovers in the second half. Florida State has been the only team so far to edge the Black and Gold in the turnover battle.
– In each of the last six games, the Golden Eagles have shot better in the second half (51.1 percent) than in the first (33.5). Included in that mark is a 19-for-29 performance at Marshall over the final period (65.5 percent) as well as the 20-for-27 clip (74.1 percent) against UTEP.
– Southern Miss’ 6-0 home start is its best since a 15-0 campaign in the 2011-12 season, when the squad made it to the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles are outshooting opponents 53 to 40 percent at home this season with an average margin of victory at 88-63.