Feb. 15, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss goes back on the road this Saturday, Feb. 16, when it travels to Greenville, N.C., to face East Carolina. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss Advances to the C-USA Semifinals
Neil Watson scored 17 points and Darnell Dodson's 3-pointer put Southern Mississippi ahead to stay in an 81-78 victory over East Carolina in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
Southern Miss and East Carolina will meet for the 21st time in a series that dates back to 1971. The Golden Eagles hold a 13-7 advantage and have won the last eight meetings and 13 of the last 14. In Greenville, the series is tied, 5-5. Last year, Southern Miss won all three meetings.
Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 19-6 record, 8-2 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles snapped a two-game losing on Wednesday night, defeating Tulane, 71-60.
Senior guard Dwayne Davis led all players with 21 points, his second straight 20-point game. Junior guard Jerrold Brooks had 14 points. Senior guard Rashard McGill had nine points and four rebounds. Junior forward Daveon Boardingham had a team-high eight boards and junior guard Neil Watson added seven assists.
Davis is leading the team with 13.8 points while pulling down 4.5 rebounds. He is also sixth in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (.429). Brooks is second on the team with 10.6 points. Watson is averaging 8.9 points and is second in Conference USA in steals (2.0), third in three-point field goal percentage (.455) and fourth in assists (5.1). Senior forward Jonathan Mills is scoring 8.9 points and grabbing a team-high 6.8 boards a game, including 3.3 offensive rebounds per game, which is third in C-USA.
Southern Miss is scoring 73.6 points per game but allowing just 59.6, which leads Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.8-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 39.7-percent, which are first and third in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.389), and are second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.321). Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.2-to-28.6. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are second in the country in steals with 11.4.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 19-6 (.760) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 133-91 (.594) record in seven years as a head coach.
East Carolina enters tonight's game with a 14-9 record, 5-5 in Conference USA. The Pirates have won two of their last three games, including a 74-61 victory over UAB on Wednesday.
Maurice Kemp scored a game high 23 points. Miguel Paul recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists. Akeem Richmond scored 15 points and Ty Armstrong added 12.
Kemp leads Conference USA with 18.3 points. He was also sixth in steals (1.7), eighth in rebounding (7.8) and ninth in field goal percentage (.507). Paul is second on the team with 12.8 points. He is also second in C-USA in assists (6.4) and third in steals (1.9) and free throw percentage (.874). Armstrong is scoring 9.8 points and is fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.577). Robert Sampson is scoring 9.6 points and is fourth in the conference in rebounding (9.0).
As a team, the Pirates are scoring 76.9 points per game, which is second in Conference USA, but are giving up 70.7 points. ECU is connecting on 45.0% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on 42.3%. From three-point distance, East Carolina is hitting just 33.0%, but is allowing just 32.2%. The Pirates are being outrebounded, 37.9-to-37.4. ECU is also leading the league in assists (17.0) and is second in three-pointers made (7.2)
Head coach Jeff Lebo is in his third season at the helm of the East Carolina men's basketball program. Lebo is 47-41 (.534) as head coach of the Pirates. He has compiled a 254-197 (.563) record in 14 years as a head coach.
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