March 2, 2012
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USM Game Notes
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will play its final regular season game of the 2011-12 season this Saturday, Mar. 3, when it travels to Huntington, W.V. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT and will be nationally-televised on FoxSportsNet.
Southern Miss and Marshall will meet on the hardwood for the 13th time, with each team winning six games. Southern Miss has won five of the last seven games. Marshall has won six of the seven meetings in Huntington, including the last two. Earlier this year, Southern Miss defeated the Thundering Herd, 67-63, in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss enters Saturday afternoon's season-finale with a 24-6 record, and 11-4 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 67-60 victory over SMU last Wednesday night.
Neil Watson led all scorers with 18 points. Maurice Bolden scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, making him the 26th player in school history with 500 rebounds. Jonathan Mills had nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds and Angelo Johnson added nine points and five assists.
Watson is leading the team with 12.3 points per game. He is connecting on 85.5-percent of his free throws, which is third in C-USA and is also third in assists (4.5). LaShay Page is second on the team with 11.8 points. He is also second in the league in minutes played (36.2), is third in three-pointers made (2.3) and is 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.360). Darnell Dodson is scoring 10.8 points while pulling down 4.7 rebounds.
Maurice Bolden is scoring 9.9 points while grabbing 5.4 rebounds. He is also 10th in the league with 1.1 blocks per game. Jonathan Mills is also scoring 9.6 points and leads the team with 6.3 rebounds.
As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 71.5 points and is allowing just 63.7. The Golden Eagles are hitting just 41.9-percent of their shots and 36.0% of their three-pointers. Their opposition is connecting on 43.6% from the field and 34.3-percent from behind the arc. The Golden Eagles hold the advantage on the boards, as they are outrebounding their opponents 36.8-to-31.7, a difference of 5.1 per game, good for third on Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league in free throw percentage (.747).
Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his eighth season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 141-110 (.562) record during his time as head coach. In 21 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 401-255 (.611).
Marshall comes into Saturday afternoon's game with a 17-12 record, 8-7 in C-USA. The Thundering Herd is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after falling at East Carolina, 69-68 in overtime, Wednesday night.
Sophomore guard DeAndre Kane led Marshall with 17 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Damier Pitts also had 17 points and senior guard Shaquille Johnson score 10 points. Junior forward Dennis Tinnon added a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Thundering Herd is led by Kane with 15.8 points, which is fourth in Conference USA and 5.5 rebounds. He is also sixth in the league in steals (1.4). Pitts is second on the team and 10th in C-USA with 14.4 points. He is also fourth in assists (4.5) and sixth in three-pointers made (2.0) and minutes played (34.4). Tinnon is averaging 9.4 points and 9.8 rebounds, which is third in Conference USA.
As a team, Marshall is scoring 69.2 points per game while allowing 66.2. The Herd are shooting 43.1% and allowing a league-worst 45.3-percent from the floor. MU is also connecting on 31.2-percent from three-point range and is allowing a league-best 30.5%. Marshall is pulling down 39.8 boards per game, tops in C-USA, and giving up 32.1.
Head coach Tom Hereon is in his second season at the helm of the Marshall men's basketball program. He has compiled a 39-24 (.619) record as its head coach. In six years as a head coach, Hereon owns a 119-62 (.657) record.