March 24, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss will host fifth-see Louisiana Tech this Monday, March 25, in the second round of the NIT, at Reed Green Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPNU.
Golden Eagles Fall To Louisiana Tech, 65-55
Southern Miss hung with Louisiana Tech for most of the game, but in the end, the Bulldogs proved to be too much, as they handed the Golden Eagles their third straight loss, 65-55, Saturday night.
Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech will meet for the 72nd time, with the Golden Eagles holding a 40-31 advantage. In games played in Hattiesburg, Southern Miss leads, 28-4, including having won the last six meetings. Southern Miss has won eight of the last 13 games. Earlier this year, the Bulldogs won, 65-55, in Ruston. This is the second postseason meeting between the teams. The teams also met in the first round of the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, with Louisiana Tech winning, 66-57.
Southern Miss comes into tonight's NIT second round game with a 26-9 record. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 78-71 victory over eighth-seeded Charleston Southern in the first round, last Wednesday.
Senior forward Jonathan Mills led Southern Miss with 16 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Dwayne Davis scored 15 points and had six rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Jerrold Brooks scored 14 points and junior forward Daveon Boardingham and junior guard Neil Watson added 10 points each.
Davis is leading the team with 16.4 points, which is sixth in Conference USA. He is also pulling down 4.4 rebounds and is sixth in the league in three point field goal percentage, hitting 43.7% and eighth in the league in free throw percentage, connecting on 79.2%. Brooks is second on the team with 10.7 points. Watson is averaging 9.9 points and is fourth in assists (4.9) and three-point field goal percentage (.459) and fifth in steals (1.7). Mills is scoring 9.4 points and is grabbing 7.8 boards a game, which is seventh in the conference, including 3.5 offensive rebounds per game, which is second in C-USA. He is also eighth in the league in field goal percentage (.529).
Southern Miss is scoring 74.5 points per game but allowing just 63.3, which are third in Conference USA in both categories. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.5-percent from the floor, which leads the league and is seventh in the NCAA, while allowing their opponents to hit just 40.9-percent. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.392) and are third in three-point field goal percentage defense (.331). Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.4-to-29.6. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are fifth in the country in steals with 9.8.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 26-9 (.743) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 140-94 (.598) record in seven years as a head coach.
Louisiana Tech enters the NIT second round with a 27-6 record. The Bulldogs are coming off a 71-66 victory at fourth-seeded Florida State, Tuesday night.
Sophomore guard Raheem Appleby led Louisiana Tech with 27 points. Freshman guard Alex Hamilton score 16 points and senior guard Brandon Gibson added a game-high eight rebounds.
Appleby, who was named First Team All-Western Athletic Conference, is fifth in the league with 14.8 points. Sophomore guard Kenneth Smith, who was also named First Team All-WAC, leads the conference in assists with 5.2 and is third in steals (1.7). Sophomore forward Michael Kyser leads the team with 5.2 rebounds and is tops in the WAC with 2.7 blocks.
As a team, the Bulldogs lead the league in scoring with 73.3 points per game while allowing just 63.3. Louisiana Tech is connecting on 41.1% from the field, but is holding the opposition to just 40.2%, which is third in the league. The Bulldogs are connecting on 3.5% from three, but is allowing just 29.8%, which leads the WAC. Louisiana Tech is also outrebounding its opponents, 38.5-to-38.1. It also leads the conference in steals (9.2) and is second in blocks (4.9) and three-pointers made (7.5).
Head coach Michael White is in his second season at the helm of the Louisiana Tech men's basketball program, where he has compiled a 45-22 (.672) overall record.
2013 NIT | Second Round (Louisiana Tech) | Monday, March 25
9:00 p.m. | Hattiesburg, Mississippi | Reed Green Coliseum (8,095)
TV: ESPNU | Tickets: SouthernMissTickets.com
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