Jan. 22, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team closes out its two-game homestand this Wednesday, Jan. 23, when it hosts Marshall. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by CSS.
Southern Miss Falls to Marshall, 73-62
Damier Pitts scored 24 points, including 16 in the second half, as Marshall defeated Southern Mississippi 73-62 in the Conference USA semifinals Friday.
Southern Miss and Marshall will meet for the 15th time in a series that dates back to 1951. The Thundering Herd holds an 8-6 advantage, and has won four of the last six meetings, including the last two. In Hattiesburg, the Golden Eagles are a perfect 5-0. Last year, Marshall won two of three meetings.
Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 15-4 record, 4-0 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles will be looking for their 23rd straight home victory, which would tie the school record set from 1949-51. Southern Miss has won seven straight and nine of their last 10 games after defeating UAB, 74-59, Saturday night.
Junior guard Cedric Jenkins led the Golden Eagles with 13 points and three steals. Senior guard Dwayne Davis had 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Neil Watson scored 11 points and had four steals and senior forward Jonathan Mills added 10 points.
Davis is leading the team with 12.9 points while pulling down 4.3 rebounds. He is also third in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (.480). Junior guard Jerrold Brooks is second on the team with 9.9 points. Junior forward Michael Craig is adding 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. He is also connecting on 57.3-percent from the floor, which is fourth in the league. Mills is scoring 9.1 points and grabbing a team-high 6.7 boards a game. Junior guard Neil Watson is averaging 9.0 points and is third in Conference USA in assists (4.9), fifth in steals (1.8) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.435).
Southern Miss is scoring 73.2 points per game but allowing just 58.2, which leads Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.4-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 38.9-percent, both of which is first in the league. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 38.4-percent from three-point range, which leads C-USA while also leading the league by allowing just 29.4% from the same distance. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.0-to-29.1. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are second in the country in steals with 12.0.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 15-4 (.789) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 129-89 (.592) record in seven years as a head coach.
Marshall enters tonight's game with a 9-9 record, 2-1 in Conference USA. The Thundering Herd have lost four of their last six games, but defeated East Carolina, 77-56, Saturday night.
Junior guard DeAndre Kane led all players with 22 points and eight assists. Junior forward Elijah Pittman had 19 points, four rebounds and four steals. Senior forward Dennis Tinnon had 11 points and 12 rebounds and junior guard D.D. Scarver had 11 points. Senior center Nigel Spikes added 11 rebounds.
Pittman leads the Thundering Herd with 14.7 points. He is connecting on 52.3-percent from the field. Kane is averaging 14.6 points. He is also first in Conference USA in assists (7.6), second in minutes played (35.9) and fourth in steals (1.9). Scarver is scoring 13.8 points and is second in the league with 2.4 three-pointers made per game. Tinnon is averaging 10.9 points and is fifth in the conference with 9.2 rebounds.
As a team, Marshall is scoring 69.7 points per game while allowing 69.2. The Herd is connecting on 42.2% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on 41.6%. From three-point distance, Marshall is connecting on 32.8%, and is allowing 33.8%. MU is leading Conference USA with 40.7 rebounds per game while giving up 36.2.
Head coach Tom Herrion is in his third season at the helm of the Marshall men's basketball program. Herrion is 52-33 (.612) as head coach of the Thundering Herd. In seven years as a head coach, he owns a 132-71 (.650) record.
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