Jan. 11, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will open up its Conference USA home schedule this Saturday, Jan. 12, when it hosts Houston. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss Falls To Houston, 73-71
Johnathon Simmons scored 28 points and Houston went 10 for 10 from the free-throw line in the final 1:07 in a 73-71 victory over Southern Mississippi on Saturday night.
Southern Miss and Houston will meet for the 33rd time in a series that dates back to 1968. The Cougars hold a 17-15 record and are 9-3 in Houston. However, Southern Miss has won three of the last five meetings.
Southern Miss comes into today's game with a 12-4 record, 1-0 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won four straight and six of their last seven games after defeating Rice, 75-52, Wednesday night in their conference opener.
Junior forward Daveon Boardingham led Southern Miss with 16 points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Michael Craig had 15 points and a game-high eight boards. Senior guard Dwayne Davis and junior guard Jerrold Brooks each added 11 points apiece.
Davis is leading the team with 13.1 points while pulling down 4.1 rebounds. Craig is adding 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. He is also connecting on 58.4-percent from the floor, which is third in the league and is second with 1.9 steals. Brooks is third on the team with 9.9 points. Senior forward Jonathan Mills is scoring 9.4 points and grabbing a team-high 6.6 boards a game. Junior guard Neil Watson is averaging 8.9 points and is second in Conference USA in assists (5.1) and fourth in steals (1.9) and three-point field goal percentage (.442).
Southern Miss is scoring 73.1 points per game but allowing just 57.6 which is second in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.7-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 38.6-percent, which is second and first in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 37.1-percent from three-point range, which is third in C-USA and also lead the league by allowing just 29.5% from the same distance. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 34.9-to-27.9. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are second in the country in steals with 12.2.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 12-4 (.750) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 126-89 (.586) record in seven years as a head coach.
Houston enters today's game with a 12-2 record, 1-0 in Conference USA. The Cougars have won seven consecutive games after defeating SMU, 78-67, in their conference opener Wednesday night.
Freshman forward Danuel House led Houston with 28 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Joseph Young scored 20 points. Senior forward Leon Gibson and sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas added 14 and 12 rebounds, respectively.
Young is leading Conference USA in scoring with 17.6 points. He is also second in the league in free throw percentage (.925) and third in three-point field goal percentage (.464). Thomas is averaging a double-double, scoring 16.6 points and grabbing 10.1 rebounds, which are sixth and second in C-USA, respectively. He also leads the league with 2.4 blocks. House is scoring 13.6 points and is pulling down 5.3 rebounds.
As a team, Houston is scoring a conference best 79.7 points per game while allowing 67.1. The Cougars are connecting on 46.0% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on 41.0%. From three-point distance, UH is connecting on a league-high 39.3%, and is allowing 31.7%. Houston is outrebounding its opponents, 41.3-to-36.0 and is second in Conference USA in blocks with 4.7 per game.
Head coach James Dickey is in his third season at the helm of the Houston men's basketball program. Dickey is 39-35 (.527) as head coach of the Cougars. He has compiled a 192-169 (.532) record in 13 years as a head coach.
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