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Men's Hoops Looks for Payback against Marshall on Saturday

Feb. 4, 2011

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team returns home looking for revenge this Saturday, Feb. 5, when it hosts Marshall. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CT from Reed Green Coliseum, and will be televised by CSS.

This is the 11th meeting between Southern Miss and Marshall, and the second this year, with the Thundering Herd holding a 6-4 advantage. Southern Miss has won the three of the last five games, but Marshall has won the last two. The Golden Eagles are a perfect 3-0 at home. Earlier this year, Marshall defeated Southern Miss, 95-65.

Senior forward Gary Flowers recorded his third straight 20 point game, scoring 20 points while grabbing six rebounds. Senior guard R.L. Horton scored 11 points and freshman guard D.J. Newbill added 10 points and five rebounds. Junior guard Maurice Bolden contributed 10 boards.

Southern Miss enters the conference game with a 17-5 record, 6-3 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won their last three games, including a 75-71 victory last Wednesday at UAB.

Flowers led the team with 22 points and five rebounds. R.L. Horton scored 14 points and had five rebounds. D.J. Newbill contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, and senior forward Josimar Ayarza added 10 points.

Flowers currently leads Conference USA in points with 20.2, which is also 22nd in the nation (through 2/3). He is also third in three-point field goal percentage (.455), fourth in blocks (1.7), seventh in field goal percentage (.491) and eighth in rebounding (7.4). Horton is scoring 12.5 points.

Newbill is averaging 9.3 points and is 11th in the league with 6.2 rebounds. He is also connecting on 53.9-percent from the field. Ayarza is scoring 7.7 points per game while grabbing 3.8 rebounds. Junior guard Angelo Johnson is adding 7.8 points and is fifth in the league with 4.1 assists while pulling down 3.9 rebounds. He is also sixth in C-USA in free throw percentage (.821). Sophomore guard LaShay Page is also adding 6.4 points.

As a team, the Golden Eagles are tops in Conference USA in scoring (77.4 ppg) while giving up 66.8 points. Southern Miss is connecting on 46.1-percent of its shots, while allowing its opposition to hit 41.8-percent. The Black and Gold are also leading the league with 39.0 rebounds and allowing just 30.8 to the opposition, a rebound margin of 8.1, which is tops in the conference and 10th in the country (through 2/3). Southern Miss is also recording 12.1 assists and 4.0 blocks.

Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his seventh season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 112-99 (.531) record during his time as head coach. In 19 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 372-244 (.604).

Marshall enters the contest with a 15-7 record overall, and 3-4 in conference play. The Thundering Herd have won their last two games after defeating Houston, 63-62, last Tuesday.

Freshman guard DeAndre Kane led both teams with 24 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Damier Pitts had 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, and senior forward Tirrell Baines added 10 points and seven boards.

The Thundering Herd are led by Kane, who is ninth in Conference USA in points (15.7). He is also third on the team with 5.0 rebounds, and is ninth in the conference in both field goal percentage (.472) and assists (3.5). Baines is second on the team with 12.7 points He is also sixth in C-USA in field goal percentage (.512) and ninth in rebounding (7.4). Pitts is averaging 15.2 points, and junior guard Dago Pena is sixth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.426).

As a team, Marshall is third in Conference USA in scoring with 74.4 points per game and are allowing just 66.2. The Thundering Herd is shooting 45.7-percent from the floor, but allow just 40.1-percent, good for third in the league. From behind the arc, Marshall is connecting on just 34.2-percent, but are second in the league in three-point percentage defense (28.5%). MU is also second in the league in rebounding (38.2), while holding the opposition to 34.3 boards.

Head coach Tom Herrion is in his first season at the helm of the Marshall men's basketball program. He has compiled a 15-7 (.682) record this year as head coach. In his fifth season as a head coach, Herrion is 95-45 (.679) as a head coach.

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