Feb. 16, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball continues its home stand this Wednesday, Feb. 17, when it hosts rival UAB. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT from Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss and UAB will meet for the 33rd time, with the Blazers holding a 21-11 advantage. UAB has won the last four games and five of the last six. In Hattiesburg, Southern Miss holds an 8-6 advantage.
Earlier in the year, the Blazers edged Southern Miss, 57-56, in Birmingham. Aaron Johnson's jumper with 5.8 seconds left capped off a 14-point comeback for the Blazers. Gary Flowers had his best game of the year, scoring a season-high 25 points while grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Maurice Bolden had points 10 and Johnson added six assists and five rebounds.
Southern Miss enters Wednesday night's game with a 15-9 record and 5-5 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won five of their last six games after defeating Rice, 66-50, at Reed Green Coliseum.
Junior forward Gary Flowers recorded 20 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Angelo Johnson had 12 points and five assists. Sophomore Maurice Bolden scored nine points and grabbed seven boards, and senior Buchi Awaji and junior Sai'Quon Stone added nine points apiece.
Flowers is in ninth-place in Conference USA with 14.9 points. He is also ninth in field goal percentage, connecting on 48.4-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 6.0 rebounds. He is also fifth in the league in free throw percentage, hitting 80.0-percent from the line. Sophomore guard Angelo Johnson is scoring 9.5 points, while junior guard R.L. Horton is also contributing 8.3 points.
As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 65.6 points per game, while allowing 59.5, 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 30.9 to the opposition, which is second in the conference. The Black and Gold are connecting on 42.6-percent of their shots, while their opponents are hitting just 39.8-percent. Southern Miss also leads the league in three-point percentage defense, as opponents are hitting just 28.9-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 a 90-89 (.503) record during his time as head coach. In 18 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 350-234 (.599).
UAB enters Wednesday night's contest with a 19-5 record, 7-3 in conference. The Blazers have lost three of their last four games after dropping an 81-74 decision to Marshall last Saturday.
Junior guard Elijah Millsap led UAB with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Senior forward Howard Crawford scored a team-high 16 points. Junior guard Aaron Johnson dropped in 14 points, while senior center Kenneth Cooper and senior guard George Drake added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Millsap is fifth in C-USA with 16.0 points and is pulling down a league-best 9.4 rebounds. Crawford is second on the team with 12.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. Junior guard Jamarr Sanders is averaging 11.1 points and 4.9 points, while Johnson is scoring 10.4 points and is fifth in the conference with 4.5 assists.
As a team, the Blazers are averaging 69.2 points per game while allowing 62.0, which is second in Conference USA. UAB is grabbing 36.7 rebounds per game, while giving up 31.0, which is third in the conference. UAB is connecting on 42.5-percent of its shots while allowing the opposition to score 42.0-percent of the time.
Head coach Mike Davis is in his fourth season leading the UAB men's basketball program. He currently holds a 79-44 (.642) record. In 10 years, Davis is 194-123 (.612).
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