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Southern Miss Hosts East Carolina

Dwayne Davis

March 1, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After taking a week off, Southern Miss returns to the hardwood this Saturday, March 2, when it hosts East Carolina. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

The Last Meeting
Southern Miss86  
East Carolina82(Vacated)
February 16, 2013
Greenville, N.C.
Southern Miss Completes Furious Comeback to Earn 86-82 Overtime Victory at East Carolina
Southern Miss erased an 11-point deficit with five minutes to play, capping off a furious comeback to earn an 86-82 overtime victory over East Carolina, Saturday night from Minges Coliseum.

With a victory, the Golden Eagles would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Conference USA Tournament.

Southern Miss and East Carolina will meet for the 22nd time in a series that dates back to 1971. The Golden Eagles hold a 14-7 advantage and have won the last nine meetings and 14 of the last 15. In Hattiesburg, Southern Miss holds a 7-2 record. Earlier this year in Greenville, the Golden Eagles won, 86-82, in overtime.

Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 21-7 record, 10-3 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are coming off an 89-73 loss at then-19th-ranked ranked Memphis last Saturday.

Senior guard Dwayne Davis led the Golden Eagles with a career-high 28 points, including 18 in the first half, while also recording four rebounds and four assists. He was 8-of-13 from the field and 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Junior guard Jerrold Brooks scored 16 points and senior forward Jonathan Mills had 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Davis is leading the team with 14.4 points while pulling down 4.3 rebounds. He is also sixth in Conference USA in free throw percentage, connecting on 80.2%. Brooks is second on the team with 10.9 points. Junior guard Neil Watson is averaging 9.0 points and is fourth in Conference USA in assists (4.9) and steals (1.8) and is sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.433). Mills is scoring 9.0 points and grabbing a team-high 7.0 boards a game, including 3.4 offensive rebounds per game, which is tied for second in C-USA.

Southern Miss is scoring 73.0 points per game but allowing just 60.8, which is second in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 47.9-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 40.1-percent, which are first and third in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.377), and are fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.324). Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.5-to-29.0. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are second in the country in steals with 10.9.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 21-7 (.750) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 135-92 (.595) record in seven years as a head coach.

East Carolina enters tonight's game with a 16-10 record, 7-6 in Conference USA. The Pirates have won two straight and three of their last four games, including a 72-69 victory over SMU on Saturday.

Junior guard Akeem Richmond scored a game high 29 points. Senior guard Miguel Paul and sophomore guard Paris Roberts-Campbell each had 11 and junior forward Robert Sampson pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Senior forward Maurice Kemp leads Conference USA with 17.8 points. He is also sixth in steals (1.7) and eighth in rebounding (7.7). Paul is second on the team with 12.8 points. He is also second in C-USA in assists (6.5) and free throw percentage (.886) and fifth in steals (1.8). Richmond is third on the team with 10.3 points. He leads the league in three-pointers made per game (3.0) and is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.451). Sampson is scoring 9.5 points and is third in the conference in blocks (1.9) and fourth in rebounding (9.2). Junior forward Ty Armstrong is scoring 9.4 points and is fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.565).

As a team, the Pirates are scoring 76.7 points per game, which is second in Conference USA, but are giving up 70.9 points. ECU is connecting on 44.6% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on 42.7%. From three-point distance, East Carolina is hitting just 33.7%, but is allowing just 31.6%, which is second in C-USA. The Pirates are being outrebounded, 37.9-to-37.2. ECU is also leading the league in assists (17.1) and three-pointers made (7.7) and are third in steals (8.3).

Head coach Jeff Lebo is in his third season at the helm of the East Carolina men's basketball program. Lebo is 49-42 (.538) as head coach of the Pirates. He has compiled a 260-198 (.568) record in 14 years as a head coach.

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