March 7, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior forward Gary Flowers has been named to the Conference USA First Team in a vote by the league's 12 coaches and various media, the league office announced Monday afternoon. Flowers, who was named Second Team all-conference last year, is the first Golden Eagle to be named first team All-CUSA, and the first, first team honoree since Bernard Haslett was named first team all-Metro Conference in 1994 .
Flowers leads the Golden Eagles with 19.0 points and 7.8 rebounds, good for third and sixth in the league, respectively. He is also fifth in C-USA in blocks with 1.5 and ninth in field goal percentage (476). Earlier this year, Flowers became the fourth fastest, and 35th player overall, to score 1,000 points.
The Dallas, Texas native has scored in double-figures in 28 of 29 games, including 26 straight to end the year. He scored 20-plus points in 13 games, including a career-high 32 against East Carolina on February 19. He also has eight double-doubles on the year, fourth most in Conference USA.
Flowers is one of six seniors named to the preseason all-conference first team. Joining him is UTEP guard Randy Culpepper, as well as Justin Hurtt of Tulsa and Papa Dia of SMU. Regular season champion UAB is the only school to have two players named to the first team with guards Aaron Johnson and Jamarr Sanders.
The second team is comprised of UCF's Marcus Jordan, Rice's Arsalan Kazemi, Cameron Moore of UAB, UTEP's Julyan Stone and Kendall Timmons of Tulane.
The third team is comprised of Memphis' Will Barton, UCF's Keith Clanton, DeAndre Kane of Marshall, SMU's Robert Nyakundi and Jontae Sherrod of East Carolina.
Southern Miss opens the 2011 Buick Conference USA Tournament this Wednesday, March 9, as the No. 5 seed. They will face No. 12 Tulane in the first round at 2:30 p.m. CT in El Paso, Texas.