Eagles Close Regular Season Against Bulls
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss and South Florida close their regular seasons here Saturday in a game that has C-USA Tournament seeding implications for both teams. Southern Miss rides a four-game C-USA win streak into the game, including Wednesday night's 78-63 win over Memphis, while the Bulls come into the game off a disappointing 77-66 Thursday night home loss to Cincinnati.
In that earlier-season game, senior guard David Wall suffered a knee injury in the closing seconds that forced him to miss the following two games, against DePaul and UAB, as well as the late January Charlotte game.
In broad terms, the Eagles, with just the one regular season game remaining, can still finish anywhere from the top seed in the tournament to the number five seed and not draw a first round bye as a result. South Florida also can play itself into, or out of, one of the four first-round byes.
The Bulls posted a convincing 59-49 win over the Eagles in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 6, in a game that saw South Florida pressure the Eagles into a season-high 23 turnovers and limit Head Coach James Green's team to just .317 shooting from the floor. South Florida shot just .420 (21-50) but also won the rebounding battle (32-30) and scored enough points off the Eagle turnovers to insure the victory.
In that game, the Eagles put just two players in double figures, David Wall with 14 and Mel Cauthen with 13. South Florida had three double-figure scorers, Cedric Smith with 15, Sam Sanders with 14 and Artha Reeves with 12.
The Eagles tried to stay close by hitting 18 of 21 from throws for one of their better games from the line, but the Bull pressure, in the end, proved to be too much.
The earlier South Florida victory closed the series record to 12-8, with Southern Miss leading.
Following game, the Eagles depart Hattiesburg Monday for the OCG C-USA Tournament that starts Mar. 7 at storied Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., and runs through the Saturday, Mar. 10 finals.
his two games during the week ending Mar. 3, Jones made 14-of-18 field goals,