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Men's Hoops to Play First of Three Road Games at Tulsa

Jonathan Mills

Jan. 25, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will play the first of three straight road games this Saturday, Jan. 26, when it faces Tulsa. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT.

The Last Meeting
Southern Miss77(OT)
February 15, 2012
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Southern Miss Knocks off Tulsa in Overtime, 77-69

Jonathan Mills recorded his first career double-double and Southern Miss withstood a furious Tulsa rally before defeating the Golden Hurricane in overtime, 77-69, Wednesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.

Southern Miss and Tulsa will meet for the 11th time in a series that dates back to 1956. The Golden Hurricane holds a 6-4 advantage, including a 5-1 record in Tulsa. Last year, Southern Miss snapped a four-game losing streak to Tulsa, taking a 77-69 overtime victory in Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 16-4 record, 5-0 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won eight straight and 10 of their last 11 games after defeating Marshall, 102-46, Wednesday night.

Junior guard Jerrold Brooks led all players with 20 points and four steals. Senior guard Dwayne Davis had 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Senior guard Rashard McGill scored 13 points and had a game-high seven rebounds, junior forward Daveon Boardingham added 12 points and six rebounds and junior guard Michael Craig had 10 points. Junior guard Neil Watson added nine assists.

Davis is leading the team with 13.3 points while pulling down 4.4 rebounds. He is also third in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (.482). Brooks is second on the team with 10.5 points. Craig is adding 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. He is also connecting on 58.6-percent from the floor, which is fourth in the league. Senior forward Jonathan Mills is scoring 9.0 points and grabbing a team-high 6.5 boards a game. Watson is averaging 8.8 points and is third in Conference USA in assists (5.2), fourth in steals (1.9) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.444).

Southern Miss is scoring 74.7 points per game but allowing just 57.5, which leads Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 49.1-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 38.6-percent, which are second and first in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.394), as well as three-point field goal percentage defense (.296). Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.0-to-28.8. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are second in the country in steals with 12.4.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 16-4 (.800) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 130-89 (.594) record in seven years as a head coach.

Tulsa enters tonight's game with a 12-8 record, 4-2 in Conference USA. The Golden Hurricane has won three of their last four games, including an 87-72 victory at Houston Wednesday night.

Senior guard Scottie Haralson led all players with 19 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Tim Peete and freshman guard James Woodard scored 14 points apiece. Junior guard Pat Swilling, Jr. had 11 points and senior forward Kauri Black added 10.

Woodard leads the Golden Hurricane with 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Swilling, Jr. is averaging 10.2 points. Haralson is scoring 9.6 points and is sixth in Conference USA with 2.1 three-pointers made per game. Freshman guard Shaquille Harrison is also third in C-USA with 1.9 steals.

As a team, Tulsa is scoring 65.8 points per game while allowing 63.5. TU is connecting on 44.4% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on 39.7%. From three-point distance, the Golden Hurricane is connecting on 32.5%, and is allowing just 31.9%, third in the league. Tulsa is also outrebounding its opponents, 36.5-to-33.0.

Head coach Danny Manning is in his first season at the helm of the Tulsa men's basketball program. Manning is 12-8 (.600) as head coach of the Golden Hurricane, as well as overall.

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