Men's Basketball Faces Tulsa in Nationally-Televised Tilt
Jan. 11, 2014
|Date||Opponent||Time||Relative Links||Ticket Information|
|Sunday, January 12||vs. Tulsa||12:00 p.m. CT||Live Audio | TV: Fox Sports 1 | Live Stats||Purchase Tickets|
Southern Miss Holds Off Tulsa for 62-59 Victory
Jonathan Mills connected on three-of-four free throws in the final nine seconds as Southern Miss hung on to defeat Tulsa, 62-59, Saturday afternoon.
Southern Miss and Tulsa will meet for just the 12th time. The Golden Hurricane holds a 6-5 advantage. When played at Tulsa, TU holds a 5-2 advantage. Southern Miss has won the last two meetings.
Southern Miss enters tonight's game with a 14-2 record and 1-0 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won five straight games after defeating North Texas, 74-64, Thursday night in their conference opener.
Senior guard Neil Watson leads the team with 11.4 points. He also leads Conference USA and is ninth in the country (as of Jan. 9) in free throw percentage, connecting on 91.5-percent from the charity stripe while adding 3.6 assists. Senior forward Michael Craig is adding 10.7 points and a team-high 7.5 boards. He is also is 10th in Conference USA in field goal percentage, connecting on 55.8-percent from the floor. Senior forward Daveon Boardingham is averaging 10.6 points per game and is pulling down 4.4 rebounds per game. Junior forward Aaron Brown is scoring 9.8 points and senior guard Jerrold Brooks is averaging 8.9 points.
Southern Miss is averaging 73.2 points per game and is leading C-USA by allowing just 62.2. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 47.0% from the field and 33.3% from three while allowing just 42.2% from the floor and 33.4% from behind the arc. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.6-to-28.8 and is second in the league and 18th in the country (as of Jan. 9) with 9.0 steals per game.
Tulsa enters tonight's game with a 6-9 record, 1-0 in Conference USA. The Golden Hurricane have won five straight after defeating Tulane, 97-71, Thursday night in their C-USA opener.
Sophomore guard James Woodard leads Tulsa with 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Sophomore forward Rashad Smith is averaging 12.4 points and is pulling down 5.4 rebounds. Sophomore guard Shaquille Harrison is scoring 10.4 points and is fourth in Conference USA with 1.9 steals.
The Golden Hurricane is averaging 73.9 points while allowing 74.3 points. TU is connecting on 44.0-percent from the floor and 36.2% from three, which is third in Conference USA. It is allowing 43.5-percent from the floor and 37.6% from three. Tulsa is being outrebounded, 36.7-to-34.1. The Golden Hurricane are also third in C-USA in assists with 14.4.
Head coach Danny Manning is in his second year as the head of the Tulsa program, where he has a 23-25 (.479) record.