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Men's Hoops Closes Exhibition Slate Against Charleston (W. Va.)

Rashard McGill scored 14 points in the exhibition opener against St. Catharine's.

Rashard McGill scored 14 points in the exhibition opener against St. Catharine's.

Nov. 5, 2012

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will close exhibition play this Tuesday, Nov. 6, when it hosts Charleston (W.V.). Tip-off is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. CT from Reed Green Coliseum.

Southern Miss is 35-6 all-time in exhibition games, and has won the last 13. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Southern Miss is coming off an 85-51 victory over St. Catharine's (Ky.) in its opening exhibition. Dwayne Davis and Rashard McGill both had 14 points and four rebounds. Jonathan Mill had 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Deon Edwin had 11 points and three steals, while Daveon Boardingham and Norville Carey scored 10 points apiece. Carey added six rebounds, Carey had three blocks and Michael Craig pulled down a game-high eight boards.

The 2012-13 edition of the Southern Miss basketball team returns just two starters and four letterwinners from last year's squad that went 25-9 and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Heading the list of returnees is junior guard Neil Watson. Watson will run the point for the Eagles after spending most of last year coming off the bench. The Kansas City, Kan. native was named Preseason All-Conference USA, and is the league's reigning Newcomer and Sixth Man of the Year. Watson was the team's leading scorer last year, averaging 12.3 points and 4.4 assists. He was also second in Conference USA with an 84.3 free throw percentage.

Senior forward Jonathan Mills returns after being named Third Team All-Conference USA and earning All-Defensive Team honors. Mills averaged 9.5 points and led the Golden Eagles with 6.1 rebounds. Senior Rashard McGill will see action on the wing as well as a forward. McGill averaged 2.6 points 2.9 rebounds. Junior Cedric Jenkins also returns to the squad. Jenkins started five games, averaging 2.6 points and 2.0 rebounds.

Eight newcomers will don the black and gold for the first time this year. Junior college transfers Dwayne Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.,/Midland CC), who sat out last year as a non-qualifier, Daveon Boardingham (Newark, N.J./Seward County CC), Michael Craig (Phoenix, Ariz./South Mountain CC) and Jerrold Brooks (Rochester, N.Y./Casper College). They will be joined by freshmen Deon Edwin (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian Academy), Norville Carey (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian Academy) and Christian Robbins (Foxworth, Miss.), who redshirted last year and walk-on Jamie Chapman (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul's Episcopal). Transfers Chip Armelin (Sulphur, La./Minnesota), Aaron Brown (Hackensack, N.J./Temple) and Johnny Zuppardo (Metarie, La./Arkansas State) must sit out this season due to NCAA Transfer rules.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall enters his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 114-85 (.573) record in six years as a head coach.

Charleston (W.V.) plays its only exhibition of the season tonight against Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles finished 26-7 last year and 18-3 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Golden Eagles return just one starter and four letterwinners from last year's team. Senior guard Evan Faulkner is the team's lone returning starter. Faulkner was second on the team last year with 11.5 points. Junior forward Xavier Humphrey, who is the only other returning player to play in all 33 games, averaged 8.3 points last year.

Charleston (W.V.) scored 82.8 points per game last year, while allowing 72.2. The Golden Eagles connected on 45.0-shooting, but were just 34.7-percent from behind the arc. UC also averaged 41.3 rebounds, which was tops in the league, while also averaging 15.7 assists.

Head coach Mark Downey enters his third season at the helm of the Charleston (W.V.) men's basketball program. He has compiled a 41-20 (.672) record during his time at the school and a 118-63 (.652) record in six seasons overall.

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