Nov. 11, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will open the 2010-11 campaign on the road at former conference foe USF Friday, Nov. 12. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT from the USF Sun Dome.
This will be the 28th meeting between Southern Miss and USF. Southern Miss holds a 15-12 record. In games played in Tampa, USF holds a 10-3 advantage. Southern Miss and USF were both members of the Metro Conference and then Conference USA from 1992 until the Bulls joined the Big East following the 2004-05 season.
In season-opening games, Southern Miss is 40-25, including having won its last five. Under head coach Larry Eustachy, the Golden Eagles are 5-1 in season-opening games.
The Golden Eagles will be opening its season on the road for the 29th time and second straight season. In those games, the Golden Eagles are 10-18. It is also the second consecutive year opening with a true road game. Last year, the Black and Gold won at Louisiana-Lafayette, 79-72. Under head coach Larry Eustachy, Southern Miss is 2-1 when opening the year away from home.
The 2010-11 edition of the Southern Miss basketball team returns all five starters and seven of its top eight scorers off a team that finished 20-14 and made the postseason for the first time since 2001.
Heading the list of returnees is First Team Preseason All-Conference USA member Gary Flowers. The senior forward led the Golden Eagles with 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds, good for tenth and sixth in the league. He was also fourth in C-USA in blocks with 1.8. His 60 blocks on the year tied for the seventh most in a season at Southern Miss.
Senior R.L. Horton leads a big group of guards into the 2010-11 season. Horton will begin the year as a shooting guard, but can also play the point. The Jackson, Miss., native has started the last 93 of 99 career games for the Golden Eagles. Last year, Horton averaged 9.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists, while becoming the 34th Golden Eagle to score 1,000 career points.
Junior Angelo Johnson will run the point for the Golden Eagles. The Minneapolis, Minn., native was the only player to start in all 34 games last year. He was also one of two players to average double-digit points, scoring 10.1 points per game, while grabbing 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Junior Maurice Bolden and senior Sai'Quon Stone will both see time at guard and small forward. Bolden started 19 games last year, averaging 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds, good for second on the team. Stone enters his final year as the defensive stopper. Last year, he became the first Golden Eagle to be named to the Conference USA All-Defensive Team. He also averaged 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native needs just 173 points for 1,000 career.
Senior Josimar Ayarza also returns to the squad. Ayarza played in 29 games last year, starting three. He averaged 5.9 points and 3.3 rebounds last year while playing 15.6 minutes a game. Senior Torye Pelham played in 29 games and started 12, including 10 of the last 13. The Nashville, Tenn. native averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Seven newcomers join the Golden Eagles this year. Freshmen Trency Jackson (Jackson, Miss.), Cedric Jenkins (LaPlace, La.), D.J. Newbill (Philadelphia, Pa.), and Kody Williams (Niceville, Fla.) will be joined by junior college transfers LaShay Page (Dillon, S.C./Chipola College), Kayland Partee (Jackson, Miss./Holmes CC) and Ahyaro Phillips (New Orleans, La./Lamar State JC).
Head coach Larry Eustachy enters his seventh season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 95-94 (.503) record during his time as head coach. In 19 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 355-239 (.598).
USF enters the 2010-11 season coming off a year that saw them finish 20-14 and earn a spot in the NIT.
The Bulls return three big men in senior Jarrid Famous, junior Augustus Gilchrist and sophomore Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, and add junior Ron Anderson, who sat out last season after transferring from Kansas State.
USF's returning upperclassmen put together solid numbers last season as Gilchrist averaged 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and Famous recorded 10.4 points and 7.5 boards in his first year with the Bulls. Starting as a true freshman, Fitzpatrick averaged 4.3 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Bulls.
Junior Anthony Crater is the only returning guard with significant playing experience, but sophomores Mike Burwell and Shawn Noriega have been in the system a year and will move into stronger roles in the 2010-11 season.
USF welcomes a trio of junior college transfers in juniors Shedrick Haynes and Hugh Robertson and sophomore Jawanza Poland as well as a true freshman in LaVonte Dority.
Head coach Stan Heath enters his fourth season at the helm of the USF men's basketball program. He has compiled a 41-54 (.432) record during his tenure as head coach. In nine years, Heath holds a 153-131 (.539) overall record.
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