March 8, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss closes out the 2012-13 regular season this Saturday, March 9, when it hosts UCF. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss Drops First C-USA Game; Falls 60-58 at UCF
Neil Watson's three-point attempt at the buzzer was no good, and Southern Miss fell to UCF, 60-58, Wednesday night at UCF Arena.
The Salvation Army will be taking up tax deductible donations at the entrances. This will be for tornado relief and fans can help by donating brooms, mops and buckets, shop towels, and canned food.
Southern Miss and UCF will meet for just the 13th time in a series that dates back to 2006. The Golden Eagles hold a 7-5 advantage and have won five of the last seven meetings. In Hattiesburg, the Southern Miss holds a 4-1 lead. Earlier this year, UCF won, 60-58, in Orlando.
Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 22-8 record, 11-4 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are coming off an 88-84 loss at Marshall on Tuesday.
Senior guard Dwayne Davis scored a career-high 35 points, while adding five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Senior forward Jonathan Mills had 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds and junior guard Jerrold Brooks added 12 points and five rebounds.
Davis is leading the team with 15.3 points, which is ninth in Conference USA. He is also pulling down 4.5 rebounds and is seventh in the league in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 42.5%. Brooks is second on the team with 10.8 points. Junior guard Neil Watson is averaging 9.6 points and is tied for third in the conference in steals (1.7) and is fourth in assists (4.9) and three-point field goal percentage (.468). Mills is scoring 9.3 points and grabbing a team-high 7.3 boards a game, including 3.4 offensive rebounds per game, which is second in C-USA. He is also seventh in the league in field goal percentage (.535).
Southern Miss is scoring 73.8 points per game but allowing just 62.0, which is second in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.2-percent from the floor, which leads the league, while allowing its opponents to just 40.7-percent. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.391) and are fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.330). Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.6-to-28.9. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are third in the country in steals with 10.5.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 22-8 (.733) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 136-93 (.594) record in seven years as a head coach.
UCF enters tonight's game with a 20-10 record, 9-6 in Conference USA. The Knights have won three of their last four games, including a 74-70 victory at UAB on Wednesday.
Junior guard Isaiah Sykes led all players with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Calvin Newell had 18 points and sophomore forward Kasey Wilson had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Sykes leads UCF with 15.8 points and 7.4 rebounds, which are eighth and ninth in Conference USA, respectively. He also leads the league in steals (2.3) and is sixth in assists (4.6). Senior forward Keith Clanton is averaging 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds, which is 10th and fifth in C-USA, respectively. He is also second in the conference in blocks (2.1) and fifth in field goal percentage (.545) and minutes played (35.2). Newell is averaging 11.5 points and junior forward Tristan Spurlock is scoring 11.4 points and pulling down 5.8 boards. Wilson is leading the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.513).
As a team, the Knights are scoring 71.1 points per game while allowing 67.0. UCF is connecting on 45.7% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on 42.6%. From three-point distance, the Knights are connecting on 36.3%, and are allowing just 31.6%, which is second in the league. UCF is outrebounding its opponents, 36.4-to-34.3. UCF is also second in the league in blocks (4.6) and third in three-point field goals made (7.1)
Head coach Donnie Jones is in his third season at the helm of the UCF men's basketball program. Jones is 63-33 (.656) as head coach of the Knights. He has compiled a 97-74 (.567) record in six years as a head coach.
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