Feb. 19, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball looks to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts UTSA this Thursday, February 20, in the first of three straight home games. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Southern Miss and UTSA
Southern Miss enters today's game with a 21-5 record and 8-3 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have lost two straight games after falling, 81-64, Saturday afternoon at Middle Tennessee.
Senior guard Neil Watson leads the team with 11.8 points. He leads Conference USA and is second in the country (as of Feb. 16) in free throw percentage, connecting on 94.0-percent from the charity stripe. He is also tied for seventh in the league in assists (4.0) and is eighth in steals (1.6). Senior forward Michael Craig is also scoring 11.5 points while adding a team-high 7.5 boards, which is seventh in C-USA. He is also third in the league in field goal percentage, connecting on 58.8-percent from the floor.
Senior forward Daveon Boardingham is averaging 10.3 points per game and is pulling down 4.6 rebounds per game. He is also connecting on 58.1-percent from the field, which is sixth in C-USA. Senior guard Jerrold Brooks is scoring 9.6 points and junior forward Aaron Brown is averaging 8.8 points.
Southern Miss is averaging 72.5 points per game and is leading C-USA by allowing just 63.2. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 46.5% from the field, which is third in the conference, and 34.0% from three while allowing 42.8% from the floor and 35.3% from behind the arc. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.7-to-28.7, a rebound margin of +7.0, which is 15th in the NCAA (as of Feb. 16). The Black and Gold is second in the league and 16th in the country (as of Feb. 16) with 8.4 steals per game.
UTSA enters today's game with an 8-16 record and 4-7 in Conference USA. The Roadrunners snapped a four-game losing streak last Saturday, defeating Florida Atlantic, 66-56.
Junior guard Keon Lewis leads the team with 13.4 points. He is also fifth in Conference USA in free throw percentage, connecting on 82.4-percent. Senior guard Devon Agusi is averaging 12.0 points. Senior guard Jordan Sims is adding 11.2 points. He is also third in the league in three-pointers made per game (2.9).
UTSA is scoring 70.6 points per game while allowing 77.8. The Roadrunners are connecting on just 43.3-percent from the floor and 33.3-percent from three. They are allowing just 47.4-percent from the field and 37.1-percent from three. UTSA is also outrebounding its opponents, 34.4-to-33.0. The Roadrunners are third in C-USA in free throw percentage (.695).
Head coach Brooks Thompson is in his eighth year as the head of the UTSA program, where he has a 114-129 (.469) record.