Feb. 1, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After taking a week off, Southern Miss returns to the hardwood this Saturday, Feb. 2, for the second of three road games when it travels to Birmingham, Ala., to face UAB. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will be televised by CSS.
Golden Eagles Rout Blazers, 74-59
Southern Miss placed four players in double-figures as the Golden Eagles defeated UAB, 74-59, Saturday night in Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss and UAB will meet for the 40th time in a series that dates back to 1979. The Blazers hold a 24-15 advantage, but Southern Miss has won four of the last six meetings. In Birmingham, the Blazers hold a 14-4 lead. Earlier this year, Southern Miss won, 74-59, in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 17-4 record, 6-0 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won nine straight and 11 of their last 12 games after defeating Tulsa, 62-59, last Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Dwayne Davis led Southern Miss with 11 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Jerrold Brooks also had 11 points and senior forward Jonathan Mills added nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Davis is leading the team with 13.2 points while pulling down 4.5 rebounds. He is also fifth in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (.443). Brooks is second on the team with 10.5 points. Junior forward Michael Craig is adding 9.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. He is also connecting on 58.2-percent from the floor, which is fourth in the league. Mills is scoring 9.0 points and grabbing a team-high 6.7 boards a game, including 3.4 offensive rebounds per game, which is second in C-USA. Junior guard Neil Watson is averaging 8.7 points and is second in Conference USA in steals (1.9), third in assists (5.1) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.435).
Southern Miss is scoring 74.0 points per game but allowing just 57.6, which leads Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.6-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 38.5-percent, both of which are first in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.388), as well as three-point field goal percentage defense (.300). Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.4-to-28.8. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and the country in steals with 12.2.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 17-4 (.810) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 131-89 (.595) record in seven years as a head coach.
UAB enters tonight's game with a 9-12 record, 1-5 in Conference USA. The Blazers snapped a six-game losing streak on Wednesday, defeating UTEP, 78-72, in overtime.
Junior forward Jordan Swing led all players with a career-high 24 points. Junior forward Rod Rucker scored 18 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Junior center Fahro Alihodzic had 12 points and eight rebounds and junior guard Robert Williams added 11 points.
Swing leads UAB with 14.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. He is also third in Conference USA in free throw percentage (.847). Rucker is averaging 14.0 points and is sixth in the league in rebounding, grabbing 8.4 boards. Senior guard Terence Jones is averaging 10.5 points and is eighth in C-USA with 4.0 assists. Junior guard Preston Purifoy is also second in the conference in free throw percentage (.918).
As a team, the Blazers are scoring 73.0 points per game while allowing 73.1. UAB is connecting on 42.8% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on 44.6%. From three-point distance, the Blazers are connecting on 32.5%, and are allowing 36.4%. UAB is outrebounding its opponents, 37.7-to-35.8. The Blazers are also second in Conference USA in assists (16.5) and free throw percentage (.736) and third in steals (8.5).
Head coach Jerod Haase is in his first season at the helm of the UAB men's basketball program. Haase is 9-12 (.429) as head coach of the Blazers.
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