Jan. 8, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will host Memphis in a regionally-televised game on Saturday, Jan. 9. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be shown on CSS.
Southern Miss and Memphis will meet for the 82nd time on the hardwood, with Memphis holding a 58-23 advantage in the Golden Eagles longest running rivalry. In Hattiesburg, the Tigers hold an 18-14 lead. Southern Miss is looking for its first win over UM since 2004, as the Tigers have won the last 12 meetings.
Southern Miss enters Saturday night's conference opener with a 9-5 record after dropping its conference opener, 76-63, at Marshall last Tuesday. It was the Golden Eagles second straight loss and fourth defeat in their last five games.
Junior forward Gary Flowers led the way for the Golden Eagles, scoring 13 points. Sophomore guard Maurice Bolden scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Senior forward Andre Stephens added season-highs of eight points and seven rebounds.
Flowers is 10th in Conference USA with 14.6 points. He is ninth in field goal percentage, connecting on 50.9-percent of his shots, fifth in rebounding with 8.4 boards per game and fourth in blocks (2.1).
Bolden is second on the team with 12.3 points per game and 6.9 rebounds. He is also seventh in the league in free throw percentage, hitting 82.5-percent from the line. Sophomore guard Angelo Johnson is scoring 9.3 points, while junior guard R.L. Horton is also contributing 8.6 points.
As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 69.6 points per game, while allowing 62.9. The Golden Eagles are third in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 40.5 boards per game, while giving up just 32.1 to the opposition. The Black and Gold are connecting on 43.6-percent of their shots, while their opponents are hitting just 39.5-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 84-85 (.497) record during his time as head coach. In 18 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 344-230 (.599).
Memphis enters Saturday night's game with a 10-4 record. The Tigers have lost two of their last three games after falling at No. 7 Syracuse, 74-57, Wednesday night.
Junior guard Roburt Sallie led Memphis with 17 points. Sophomore guard Wesley Witherspoon had 12 points, while sophomore guard Elliot Williams added 10 points and six rebounds.
Williams is second in Conference USA with 19.0 points per game. Sallie is second on the team with 10.9 points and third in C-USA with 2.4 steals. Senior guard Doneal Mack is third on the team with 10.7 points, and Witherspoon is averaging 10.6.
As a team, Memphis is averaging 76.8 points per game, while allowing a league-low 59.3. The Tigers are grabbing 34.9 rebounds per game, while giving up 34.9. UM is connecting on 45.2-percent of its shots, while the opposition scores 39.9-percent of the time.
Head coach Josh Pastner is in his first season leading the Memphis men's basketball program. He currently holds a 10-4 (.714) record.
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