Feb. 12, 2010
Southern Miss-Rice Game Notes
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will begin a four-game home stand on Saturday, Feb. 13, when it hosts Rice. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss and Rice will meet for just the eighth time on the hardwood, with Rice holding a 4-3 advantage. In Hattiesburg, the Golden Eagles lead 2-1. Last year, Rice won the only meeting, taking an 88-72 victory in Houston.
Southern Miss enters Saturday afternoon's game with a 14-9 record and 4-5 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles had their four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night when they fell to Tulsa, 60-52, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Junior Gary Flowers led all scorers with 19 points while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Juniors R.L. Horton and Sai'Quon Stone had eight points apiece.
Flowers is in ninth-place in Conference USA with 14.7 points. He is also eighth in field goal percentage, connecting on 48.0-percent of his shots, seventh in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game and fourth in blocks (2.0).
Sophomore guard Maurice Bolden is second on the team with 9.6 points per game and 6.1 rebounds. He is also fourth in the league in free throw percentage, hitting 81.1-percent from the line. Sophomore guard Angelo Johnson is scoring 9.3 points, while Horton is also contributing 8.5 points.
As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 65.6 points per game, while allowing 60.0, tops in the conference. The Golden Eagles are third in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 37.8 boards per game while giving up just 31.1 to the opposition, which is second in the conference. The Black and Gold are connecting on 42.7-percent of their shots, while their opponents are hitting just 39.7-percent. Southern Miss is also second in the league in three-point percentage defense, as opponents are hitting just 29.2-percent from beyond the arc.
Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his sixth season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled an 89-89 (.500) record during his time as head coach. In 18 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 349-234 (.599).
Rice enters Saturday afternoon's contest with an 8-15 record, 1-8 in conference. The Owls snapped a two-game losing streak after defeating Texas A&M International, 73-66, Monday night.
Freshman forward Arsalan Kazemi led Rice with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Junior center Trey Stanton scored 16 points and grabbed nine boards. Sophomore forward Lucas Kuipers had 15 points and sophomore guard Connor Frizzelle added 12 points.
Kazemi leads the Owls with 11.5 points. He is also second in Conference USA with 9.2 rebounds. Freshman guard Tamir Jackson is second on the team with 11.4 points and is sixth in the league with 2.0 steals. Stanton is third on the team 10.0 points.
As a team, Rice is scoring 65.3 points per game while allowing 68.7. The Owls are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game, while giving up 34.7. RU is connecting on 40.7-percent of its shots while allowing the opposition to score 43.8-percent of the time.
Head coach Ben Braun is in his second season leading the Rice men's basketball program. He currently holds an 18-37 (.327) record. Overall, Braun is 570-426 (.572) in his 33rd season as a head coach.