Feb. 26, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss heads to the road for the first time in two weeks when it faces Memphis this Saturday, Feb. 27. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on CBS College Sports
Southern Miss and Memphis will meet for the 83rd time on the hardwood, with Memphis holding a 59-23 advantage in the Golden Eagles longest running rivalry. In Memphis, the Tigers hold a 38-7 lead. Southern Miss is looking for its first win over UM since 2004, as the Tigers have won the last 13 meetings. Earlier this year, Memphis won a tightly contested game, 59-57, in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss enters Saturday night's game with a 16-11 record and 6-7 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have won six of their last nine games despite falling to No. 25 UTEP, 59-56, on Wednesday at Reed Green Coliseum.
Junior forward Gary Flowers led Southern Miss with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard R.L. Horton scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds and sophomore guard Angelo Johnson scored 10 points. Sophomore guard Maurice Bolden added a game-high nine rebounds.
Flowers is in tenth-place in Conference USA with 14.9 points. He is also tenth in field goal percentage, connecting on 47.6-percent of his shots, seventh in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game and fourth in blocks (1.9).
Johnson is second on the team with 10.0 points per game. He also leads the league in free throw percentage, connecting on 82.1 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. Bolden is scoring 9.4 points, while junior guard R.L. Horton is also contributing 8.3 points.
As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 64.9 points per game, while allowing 59.4, tops in the conference. The Golden Eagles are third in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 37.4 boards per game while giving up just 30.7 to the opposition, which is second in the conference. The Black and Gold are connecting on 42.3-percent of their shots, while their opponents are hitting just 40.2-percent. Southern Miss also leads 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 a 91-91 (.500) record during his time as head coach. In 18 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 351-236 (.598).
Memphis enters Saturday night's contest with a 20-8 record, and 10-3 in conference. The Tigers had a four-game winning streak snapped last Wednesday after falling 92-75 at Houston.
Memphis was led by sophomore guard Wesley Witherspoon with 18 points and six rebounds. Sophomore forward Angel Garcia scored 13 points and junior guard Roburt Sallie had 12 points. Senior guard Doneal Mack added 10 points.
The Tigers have four players scoring double-figures. Sophomore guard Elliot Williams is second in Conference USA with 18.6 points and ninth with 3.8 assists. Witherspoon is second on the team with 12.6 points. Sallie is scoring 10.9 points, and Mack is dropping in 10.5. Junior forward Will Coleman is leading the team with 5.7 rebounds.
As a team, Memphis is averaging 75.9 points per game, while allowing just 65.0. The Tigers are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game, while giving up 34.1. UM is connecting on 45.7-percent of its shots, which is second in C-USA, while allowing the opposition to score 42.4-percent of the time.
Head coach Josh Pastner is in his first season leading the Memphis men's basketball program. He currently holds a 20-8 (.714) record.
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