Men's Basketball hosting Charlotte on Saturday afternoon
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The homestand continues for Southern Miss Men's Basketball, as the Golden Eagles host Charlotte at 4:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. The women's team also plays Old Dominion at 2 p.m. in Reed Green Coliseum.
Tickets for the contests can be purchased at the coliseum box office pregame, visiting SouthernMissTickets.com or calling 1-800-844-TICK. Those who cannot make it can find the game on CUSA.tv as well as with the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network (Rock 104.5 in Hattiesburg/Laurel), with John Cox on the call for both.
Promotions for the game include two complimentary tickets for Golden Stars honorees as well as free access for Seymour's Sidekicks.
-- Southern Miss had its nine-game home win streak (eighth-longest in school history) Thursday against Old Dominion. The Black and Gold led by 11 with 16 minutes to play, but Old Dominion rallied with a 13-0 run to precede a back-and-forth game. The Monarchs took the lead for good with 4:20 to play and did not lead by more than three until two free-throws in the final 10 seconds led to the 68-63 finish.
-- The Golden Eagles out-rebounded the Monarchs, 34-28, marking the first time they had done so since Dec. 10 against Troy. ODU was No. 3 in the league for rebounding margin. It also marked Southern Miss' second loss of the season when outshooting its opponent (Marshall, Dec. 28). Southern Miss has not lost back-to-back C-USA home games since Feb. 13 and 25, 2016 to Middle Tennessee and Rice, respectively.
-- D'Angelo Richardson went 4-for-4 at the line to become the first Golden Eagle with 20 consecutive makes since Kourtlin Jackson at the end of his senior season (2015-16). Richardson's last miss was Jan. 4 versus UTEP. In Saturday's win at FAU, Richardson recorded his fifth-career double-figure scoring game, and the Golden Eagles have won all of them.
-- The last meeting between the teams saw Charlotte lead 41-32 at the half and carry it toward an 82-66 win. Jon Davis, this year's leader in scoring and assists, recorded 15 points and seven dimes to lead the 49ers. Quinton Campbell had 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Golden Eagles. This year's 49er team is coached by Houston Fancher, who took over the interim title on Dec. 15 and served as the Appalachian State head coach from 2000-09.
-- Cortez Edwards' team-high 18 points on Thursday put him at 794 for his career. The junior is seeking to become the 37th member of Southern Miss' 1,000-point club, and the first to have played under Sadler. Neil Watson was the most recent addition (1,157 points from 2011-14).
-- Tyree Griffin now has 145 assists, already the most of any player in a single season of the Doc Sadler era. He is currently No. 8 against C-USA foes for scoring (18.3 ppg), fifth in assists (5.8 apg) and fourth in steals (2.1 spg). Last Saturday at FAU, he picked up his seventh 20-point game of the season (Golden Eagles are 5-2 in those games).
-- The Golden Eagles need two more league wins to continue the trend of Sadler improving the team's C-USA win total in each season he has been at the helm. The 12 overall victories are the most by a Golden Eagle team since the 2012 NCAA Tourney squad.
-- Southern Miss is shooting 52 percent and averaging 85.4 points per game in its 10 home contests. Griffin, Edwards and Dominic Magee are all averaging at least 17 ppg as well.
-- Southern Miss has moved to third and ninth nationally for fewest turnovers per game (9.5) and assist-turnover ratio (1.56). Florida State, FIU and ODU have been the only teams so far to edge the Black and Gold in the turnover battle. Southern Miss' 23 assists versus Rice were its most against a Division I team since Nov. 27, 2004 versus McNeese State (26). It also had 32 versus Rust on Dec. 3, 2017. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in assist-turnover ratio (1.6).