March 4, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will take to the road for its regular season finale this Saturday, Mar. 5, Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.
Southern Miss and Tulsa will meet for just the ninth time overall, with the Golden Hurricane holding a 5-3 advantage. Southern Miss is looking to snap a three-game losing streak to TU. In Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane holds a 4-1 advantage, as the Black and Gold are looking for their first victory there since 1956. Last year, Tulsa defeated Southern Miss, 60-52, in Tulsa.
Southern Miss enters tomorrow night's regular season finale with a 21-8 record, and 9-6 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are looking to snap a two-game losing streak, after enduring their second straight last second loss, 67-66 to UAB on Wednesday.
Senior forward Gary Flowers recorded his eighth double-double of the year, scoring 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Senior guard R.L. Horton also had 16 points, and junior guard Angelo Johnson added 10 points.
Flowers is currently third in Conference USA in points with 19.2, which is also 35th in the nation (through 2/27). He is also fifth in blocks (1.6), sixth in rebounding (7.9) eighth in field goal percentage (.474). Horton is second on the team in scoring with 12.3 points.
Freshman guard D.J. Newbill is averaging 9.2 points and is 11th in the league with 6.4 rebounds. He is also connecting on 53.3-percent from the field. Johnson is adding 7.9 points and is fifth in the league with 4.3 assists while pulling down 3.5 rebounds. He is also 12th in C-USA in free throw percentage (.766). Senior forward Josimar Ayarza is scoring 7.6 points per game while grabbing 3.9 rebounds and junior guard Maurice Bolden is adding 7.1 points.
As a team, the Golden Eagles are tops in Conference USA in scoring (75.0 ppg) while giving up 65.6 points. Southern Miss is connecting on 45.4-percent of its shots, while allowing its opposition to hit 42.2-percent. The Black and Gold are also leading the league with 38.7 rebounds and allowing just 31.0 to the opposition, a rebound margin of 7.7, which is tops in the conference and eighth in the country (through 2/27). Southern Miss is also recording 12.2 assists and 3.9 blocks.
Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his seventh season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 116-102 (.532) record during his time as head coach. In 19 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 376-247 (.604).
Tulsa enters the game with a 17-12 overall record, 10-5 and tied for second-place in Conference USA. The Golden Hurricane have won two straight and four of their last five games after defeating Rice, 67-57, Wednesday night.
Senior guard Justin Hurtt led both teams with 22 points. Freshman guard Jordan Clarkson had 12 points and five rebounds. Junior center Steven Idlet had nine points and junior forward Joe Richard grabbed a game-high eight boards.
The Hurricane are led by Hurtt with 20.1 points, good for first in Conference USA. He is also third in three-point field goals (2.8) and fifth in free throw percentage (.825). Idlet is second on the team with 12.1 points, while also ranking fifth in field goal percentage (.526) and tenth in rebounding (6.5).
Sophomore guard Scottie Haralson is scoring 11.1 points and is tenth in C-SUA with three-point field goal percentage (.383). Clarkson is adding 10.9 points and is tenth in the league in free throw percentage (.781).
As a team, Tulsa is scoring 67.8 points per game while allowing 65.1. The Golden Hurricane are shooting 43.5-percent from the floor while its opposition is hitting just 41.7-percent of its shots.
From behind the arc, TU is hitting 34.1-percent of its shots, and allowing its opponents to hit just 31.3-percent. Tulsa is pulling down 37.4 rebounds, good for third in Conference USA.
Head coach Doug Wojcik is in his sixth season at the helm of the Tulsa men's basketball program. He has compiled a 121-77 (.611) record as its head coach.