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Southern Miss Faces Marshall in Final Road Test

Neil Watson

March 4, 2013

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TV: CBS Sports Network

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss takes to the road for the final time in the regular season when it travels to Huntington, W.V., to face Marshall. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and will be nationally-televised by CBS Sports Network.

The Last Meeting
Southern Miss102(Vacated)
January 23, 2013
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Southern Miss Overwhelms Marshall, 102-46
Southern Miss opened the game on a 21-3 run on its way to dominating Marshall, 102-46, Wednesday night at Reed Green Coliseum.

Southern Miss and Marshall will meet for the 16th time in a series that dates back to 1951. The Thundering Herd holds an 8-7 advantage, but the Golden Eagles have won three of the last five meetings. In Huntington, the Thundering Herd is 7-1. Earlier this year, Southern Miss defeated Marshall, 102-46.

Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 22-7 record, 11-3 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are coming off an 88-69 victory over East Carolina last Saturday.

Junior guard Neil Watson led Southern Miss with a game-high 26 points. Watson was perfect for the night, hitting all seven of his shots, which all came from three, and hitting 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Senior forward Jonathan Mills recorded his fifth double-double of the year and the 11th of his career, scoring 15 points and grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds. Senior guard Dwayne Davis had 17 points and nine boards and junior forward Daveon Boardingham added 12 points.

Davis is leading the team with 14.5 points while pulling down 4.5 rebounds. He is also ninth in Conference USA in free throw percentage, connecting on 78.8%. Junior guard Jerrold Brooks is second on the team with 10.8 points. Watson is averaging 9.7 points and is fourth in Conference USA in steals (1.7) and three-point field goal percentage (.471) and is fifth in assists (4.8). Mills is scoring 9.2 points and grabbing a team-high 7.3 boards a game, including 3.5 offensive rebounds per game, which is second in C-USA.

Southern Miss is scoring 73.5 points per game but allowing just 61.1, which is second in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.0-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 40.2-percent, which are first and fourth in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.387) and are fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.325). Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.8-to-28.8. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are third in the country in steals with 10.6.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 22-7 (.759) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 136-92 (.596) record in seven years as a head coach.

Marshall enters tonight's game with a 12-17 record, 5-9 in Conference USA. The Thundering Herd has lost two straight and three of their last four games, including a 103-76 defeat at Houston on Saturday.

Junior guard DeAndre Kane scored a game-high 27 points. Junior forward Elijah Pittman had 22 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Dennis Tinnon scored 13 points and had 12 boards.

Pittman is seventh in Conference USA with 15.9 points, connecting on 48.7% of his shots. Kane is 10th in the league with 14.9 points. He also leads C-USA in assists (6.9) and minutes played (37.0) and is third in steals (1.7). Junior guard D.D. Scarver is third on the team with 12.2 points and is ninth in the league with 2.1 three-pointers made per game. Tinnon is averaging 10.6 points and is third in the conference in rebounding (9.3). Senior center Nigel Spikes is sixth in the league in blocked shots 1.8

As a team, the Thundering Herd is scoring just 68.2 points per game while giving up 72.1 points. MU is connecting on 42.0% from the field while the opposition is connecting on 43.7%. From three-point distance, Marshall is hitting just 30.2%, but is allowing 36.0%. The Herd is outrebounded their opponents, 38.5-to-36.9, and leading the league in offensive rebounds (14.7). Marshall is also third in blocked shots (4.6).

Head coach Tom Herrion is in his third season at the helm of the Marshall men's basketball program. Herrion is 55-41 (.573) as head coach of the Pirates. He has compiled a 135-79 (.631) record in 14 years as a head coach.

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