Jan. 18, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team begins a two-game homestand this Saturday, Jan. 19, when it hosts UAB. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by CSS,
Golden Eagles Fall to Blazers, 71-61
Cameron Moore scored 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting as Alabama-Birmingham defeated Southern Mississippi 71-61 Wednesday night, handing the Golden Eagles only their second loss in the past 18 games.
Southern Miss and UAB will meet for the 39th time in a series that dates back to 1979. The Blazers hold a 24-14 advantage, but Southern Miss has won three of the last five meetings. In Hattiesburg, the Golden Eagles hold a 9-8 lead. Last year, the teams split the season series, with Southern Miss taking a 59-55 victory in Hattiesburg, followed by a 71-61, UAB win in Birmingham.
Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 14-4 record, 3-0 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won six straight and eight of their last nine games after defeating SMU, 74-70, Wednesday night.
Senior guard Dwayne Davis led the Black and Gold with 17 points. Senior guard Rashard McGill had 14 points and junior guards Jerrold Brooks and Cedric Jenkins added 10 points apiece. Senior forward Jonathan Mills grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Davis is leading the team with 13.0 points while pulling down 4.1 rebounds. He is also third in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (.468). Brooks is second on the team with 10.3 points. Junior forward Michael Craig is adding 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. He is also connecting on 57.5-percent from the floor and recording 1.8 steals per game, which is fourth and fifth in the league, respectively. Mills is scoring 9.0 points and grabbing a team-high 6.9 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 three-point field goal percentage (.441).
Southern Miss is scoring 73.2 points per game but allowing just 58.1, which is second in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.7-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 38.8-percent, which is second and first in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 37.7-percent from three-point range, which is second in C-USA and also lead the league by allowing just 29.3% from the same distance. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.0-to-28.7. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are second in the country in steals with 11.8.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 14-4 (.778) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 128-89 (.590) record in seven years as a head coach.
UAB enters tonight's game with an 8-9 record, 0-2 in Conference USA. The Blazers, who have lost their last three games, fell to Memphis last Saturday, 69-53.
Junior forward Rod Rucker notched his seventh double-double of the season in the loss, pouring in a team-high 16 points along with 11 rebounds. Junior center Fahro Alihodzic also reached double figures, scoring 12 points of his own, shooting 6-for-8 from the floor.
Rucker leads the Blazers with 14.3 points. He is also sixth in Conference USA in rebounding with 8.4 boards per game while connecting on 51.2-percent from the field. Junior forward Jordan Swing is second on the team with 13.4 points. He is pulling down 5.9 rebounds and is sixth in the league in free throw percentage (.842). Senior guard Terence Jones is averaging 10.2 points and is eighth in C-USA with 4.2 assists. Junior guard Preston Purifoy is also leading the conference with free throw percentage (.951).
As a team, UAB is scoring 73.6 points per game while allowing 72.5. The Blazers are connecting on 42.3% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on 43.8%. From three-point distance, UAB is connecting on 31.0%, and is allowing 32.6%. The Blazers are outrebounding their opponents, 38.4-to-36.3. UAB is second in Conference USA in free throw percentage (.742) and assists (16.4).
Head coach Jerod Haase is in his first season at the helm of the UAB men's basketball program. Haase is 8-9 (.471) as head coach of the Blazers.
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