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Southern Miss Hosts Tulsa in Big C-USA Match-Up

Neil Watson is averaging 4.6 assists per game

Neil Watson is averaging 4.6 assists per game

Feb. 14, 2012

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team closes its two-game homestand this Wednesday, Feb. 15, when it hosts Tulsa. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

Southern Miss and Tulsa will meet for just the 10th time, with the Golden Hurricane holding a 6-3 advantage. This will be just the third meeting in Hattiesburg, with the teams splitting the first two. Tulsa has won the last four games, including a 78-70 victory last year in Tulsa.

Southern Miss enters Wednesday night's contest with a 21-4 record, and 8-2 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles defeated UCF last Saturday, 78-74.

Jonathan Mills led the Golden Eagles with 18 points and eight rebounds, including hitting 12-of-13 from the free throw line. Neil Watson scored 15 points on 11-of-12 free throw shooting, and added eight assists and seven rebounds. LaShay Page scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards while Torye Pelham added 12 points.

Page leads the team with 12.6 points. He is also second in the league in three-pointers made (2.6) and is sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.374). Dodson is scoring 12.6 points while pulling down 5.3 rebounds.

Watson is adding 11.4 points while connecting on 89.1% of his free throws, which leads C-USA. He is also second in assists (4.6). Bolden is scoring 10.4 points while grabbing a team-high 5.7 rebounds. He is also 10th in the league with 1.2 blocks per game. Angelo Johnson is also scoring 9.4 points and is 10th in the conference with 3.2 assists.

As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 72.1 points and is allowing just 63.1. The Golden Eagles are hitting 42.2-percent of their shots and 36.6% of their three-pointers. Their opposition is connecting on 43.2% from the field and 34.0-percent from behind the arc. The Golden Eagles hold the advantage on the boards, as they are outrebounding their opponents 36.8-to-31.6, a difference of 5.2 per game, good for third on Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league in free throw percentage (.753).

Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his eighth season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 138-108 (.561) record during his time as head coach. In 21 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 398-253 (.611).

Tulsa comes into Wednesday night's game with a 15-10 record, 8-3 in C-USA. The Golden Hurricane has won eight of their last nine games after defeating Houston, 72-48, Wednesday night.

Sophomore guard Jordan Clarkson led Tulsa with a game-high 21 points. Senior center Steven Idlet scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, and junior guard Scottie Haralson added 13 points.

Tulsa is led by Clarkson with 16.1 points, which is second in Conference USA. He is also ninth in the league in free throw percentage (.761) and 10th in minutes played (33.2). Haralson is second on the team with 11.3 points. He leads the league with 3.0 three-pointers made per game and is second in three-point field goal percentage (.417). Idlet is scoring 9.7 points and sophomore forward Kodi Maduka is adding 8.0 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds.

As a team, the Golden Hurricane is scoring 66.1 points per game while allowing 62.2. Tulsa is shooting 45.1-percent from the floor while allowing their opponents to connect on just 41.1-percent. TU is pulling down 36.1 boards per game while allowing just 30.0, tops in C-USA. Tulsa is also connecting on just 38.0-percent of its three-point attempts, which is second in the league, while holding its opposition to 35.8%.

Head coach Doug Wojcik is in his seventh season at the helm of the Tulsa men's basketball program. He has compiled a 138-88 (.611) record as its head coach.

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