Nov. 7, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will open its 2013-14 regular season this Friday, Nov. 8, when it hosts in-state foe Jackson State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT from Reed Green Coliseum.
The Golden Eagles are coming off an 89-69 win over Truman State in its final exhibition game. Aaron Brown led all scorers with 17 points. Michael Craig added 16 points and had game-highs of seven rebounds and six assists. Daveon Boardingham had 16 points and five rebounds and Deonte Houston added 14 points, seven boards and three assists.
Southern Miss and Jackson State will meet for the 11th time and the first time since 2002. The Golden Eagles hold a 9-1 advantage. All 10 games have taken place at Reed Green Coliseum. This is the third time that Southern Miss opens the season with the Tigers. It also opened the season in 1995 (W, 68-61) and 2001 (W, 83-58). In addition, it is the fourth time that the Golden Eagles open their home slate with Jackson State. Along with 1995 and 2001, they also opened Reed Green Coliseum against JSU in 1996 (W, 68-54).
The 2013-14 edition of the Southern Miss basketball team returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that went 27-10 and made it to the NIT Quarterfinals.
Heading the list of returnees is senior guard Neil Watson. Watson will run the point for the Eagles. He was named one of Conference USA's Preseason Players to Watch. He was third on the team with 9.8 points, while ranking fourth in Conference USA in assists (4.9), steals (1.8) and three-point field goal percentage (.442). He also ranked eighth in free throw percentage (.796).
Senior guard Jerrold Brooks is the team's leading returning scorer, averaging 10.9 points last year. Senior Michael Craig is the leading returning rebounder, averaging 5.1 boards while also adding 9.0 points. He is returning from an injured foot which caused him to miss the final 13 games last year. Senior Daveon Boardingham had 8.6 points and 4.0 rebounds last year. Sophomores Norville Carey and Jamie Chapman are also returning
Eight newcomers will don the black and gold for the first time this year, as head coach Donnie Tyndall has restocked this year's team with new faces, including three junior college transfers, two transfers and three freshmen. Included are junior college transfers Jeremiah Eason (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,/College of Central Florida), Ude Ifeanyichukwu (Abuja, Nigeria/Laramie CC) and Deonte Houston (Bronx, N.Y./Olney Central CC). They will be joined by transfers Chip Armelin (Sulphur, La./Minnesota) and Aaron Brown (Hackensack, N.J./Temple), who sat out last season due to NCAA Transfer rules. Freshmen Matt Bingaya (Delaware, Ohio/Delaware Hayes HS) and Davon Hayes (Portsmouth, Va./Mont Clare Academy), who sat out last year as a non-qualifier, and true freshman Michael Reid (Queens, N.Y./Shabazz HS) also joins the team.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall enters his second season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 27-10 (.730) record at Southern Miss and is 141-95 (.597) record in seven years as a head coach.
Jackson State returns just two letterwinners from last year's team that finished 11-18 overall and 9-9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. This year's team was predicted to finish fifth in the SWAC. Senior guard Jeffery Stubbs is the leading returning scorer from last year, averaging 8.3 points, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals last year. Junior forward Derell Taylor is the only other returner from last year's team. Taylor averaged 5.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg and connected on 52.6-percent from the floor.
JSU head coach Wayne Brent enters his first season as Jackson State head coach.