Jan. 15, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will travel to Dallas, Texas this Wednesday, Jan. 16, to face SMU. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss Closes out Perfect Home Record with 67-60 Victory over SMU
Southern Miss had all nine players score on its way to a 67-60 victory over SMU, Wednesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss and SMU will meet for just the 11th time in a series that dates back to 1950. The Golden Eagles hold a 6-4 advantage. However, the Mustangs are 4-1 in Dallas. Last year, Southern Miss won 67-60 in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 13-4 record, 2-0 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won five straight and seven of their last eight games after defeating Houston, 73-54, Saturday afternoon.
Junior guard Jerrold Brooks led all scorers with 16 points. Junior forward Daveon Boardingham had 12 points and five rebounds and freshman forward Norville Carey had 11 points. Senior forward Jonathan Mills led all players with 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Dwayne Davis is leading the team with 12.7 points while pulling down 4.2 rebounds. He is also third in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (.439). Brooks is second on the team with 10.3 points. Junior forward Michael Craig is adding 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. He is also connecting on 58.0-percent from the floor and recording 1.8 steals per game, both of which are third in the league. Mills is scoring 9.2 points and grabbing a team-high 6.8 boards a game. Junior guard Neil Watson is averaging 8.9 points and is third in Conference USA in assists (5.1) and fourth in steals (1.8).
Southern Miss is scoring 73.1 points per game but allowing just 57.4, which leads Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.7-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 38.3-percent, which is second and first in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 36.9-percent from three-point range, which is fourth in C-USA and also lead the league by allowing just 28.7% from the same distance. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.5-to-28.4. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are second in the country in steals with 11.9.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 13-4 (.765) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 127-89 (.588) record in seven years as a head coach.
SMU enters tonight's game with an 11-7 record, 1-2 in Conference USA. The Mustangs, who have six of their last nine games, snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 59-53 win over Tulane.
Junior guard Nick Russell led SMU with 13 points and seven assists. Sophomore guards Jalen Jones and Ryan Manuel and senior guard London Giles all added 10 points. Junior forward Shawn Williams pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Jones is eighth in Conference USA in scoring with 14.7 points. He is also ninth in the league in rebounding with 8.2 boards per game. Russell is second on the team in scoring with 13.9 points. He is also seventh in the league in assists (4.2) and third in minutes played (35.8). Manuel is adding 11.8 points.
As a team, SMU is scoring 64.2 points per game while allowing 60.2. The Mustangs are connecting on 44.1% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on just 38.5%, second in the conference. From three-point distance, SMU is connecting on 35.7%, and is allowing 31.9%. The Mustangs are outrebounding their opponents, 33.6-to-31.2 and leads Conference USA in free throw percentage (.758).
Head coach Larry Brown is in his first season at the helm of the SMU men's basketball program. Brown is 11-7 (.611) as head coach of the Mustangs. He has compiled a 188-68 (.734) record in eight years as a head coach.
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