All-CUSA performer Gary Flowers leads Southern Miss into the GMC Sierra Conference USA Tournament.
March 9, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will open the 2010 GMC Sierra in the first round against Tulane in Tulsa, Okla. The Golden Eagle earned the sixth-seed and will face the 11th-seeded Green Wave on Wednesday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. with the winner facing third seed UAB on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Southern Miss and Tulane will meet for the 71st time, with the Green Wave holding a 40-30 advantage. It will also be the third meeting between the teams this season with the Golden Eagles winning the first two. However, this will be the first meeting between the two schools in the Conference USA Tournament. They did meet in the first round of the 1994 Metro Conference Tournament, with the Golden Eagles taking a 79-60 victory. Southern Miss has won five of the last six games. In neutral site games, Tulane holds a 2-1 record. This year, Southern Miss won 58-40, in New Orleans, before taking a 66-57 victory in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss enters Conference USA Tournament with an 18-12 record after closing the regular season with a 75-65 victory at East Carolina.
Junior R.L. Horton led Southern Miss with 14 points. Junior Gary Flowers and sophomore Angelo Johnson each had 13 points. Junior Sai'Quon Stone had 12 points, including 10-of-12 from the line, and had six rebounds. Junior Torye Pelham added 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Flowers is in tenth-place in Conference USA with 14.7 points. He is also tenth in field goal percentage, connecting on 47.2-percent of his shots, seventh in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game and fourth in blocks (1.8).
Johnson is second on the team with 9.7 points per game. He is also tops in the league in free throw percentage, connecting on 82.4-percent of his shots from the charity stripe. Sophomore guard Maurice Bolden is scoring 9.3 points, while junior guard R.L. Horton is also contributing 9.0 points.
As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 65.4 points per game, while allowing 60.1, tops in the conference. The Golden Eagles are third in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 37.3 boards per game while giving up just 30.6 to the opposition, which is second in the conference. The Black and Gold are connecting on 42.5-percent of their shots, while their opponents are hitting just 40.3-percent. Southern Miss is also second in the league in three-point percentage defense, as opponents are hitting just 30.5-percent from beyond the arc.
Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his sixth season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 93-92 (.503) record during his time as head coach. In 18 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 353-237 (.598).
Tulane enters the conference tournament with an 8-21 record after defeating Houston in its regular season opener, 79-76 on Saturday night.
Senior forward Asim McQueen scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Jordan Callahan scored a team-high 21 points, and freshman guard Kendall Timmons had 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Junior guard Kris Richard leads the team with 11.9 points. He is also sixth in the league in steals with 1.7 per game. Sims is second on the team with 11.4 points. McQueen leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 4.6 boards per game.
As a team, the Green Wave are averaging 62.7 points per game while allowing 67.2. Tulane is grabbing 30.6 rebounds per game, while giving up 36.0. TU is connecting on just 40.0-percent of its shots while allowing the opposition to score 46.0-percent of the time.
Head coach Dave Dickerson is in his fifth season leading the Tulane men's basketball program. He currently holds a 68-83 (.450) record.
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