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Golden Eagles Host South Alabama in Home Opener

Senior R.L. Horton leads Southern Miss into its home opener with South Alabama.

Senior R.L. Horton leads Southern Miss into its home opener with South Alabama.

Nov. 16, 2010

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will open its 2010-11 home schedule against traditional rival South Alabama, Wednesday, Nov. 17. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT from Reed Green Coliseum.

This will be the 36th meeting between Southern Miss and South Alabama. Southern Miss holds a 20-15 record. In games played in Hattiesburg, the Golden Eagles hold an 11-7 advantage. Southern Miss is looking for its second straight victory over the Jaguars.

In home-opening games, Southern Miss is 53-11 all-time, including having won its last four and 16 of its last 17.

Southern Miss enters Wednesday night's game with a 1-0 record after defeating USF, 60-53, Friday night in its season-opener. The victory marks the sixth-straight season that the Golden Eagles have opened the season with a victory, and the second straight season-opening road win.

Southern Miss was led by senior forward Gary Flowers, who had a game-high 15 points and a team-high five rebounds. He also connected on 5-of-8 shots and 4-of-6 free throws.

Senior guard R.L. Horton scored 14 points, while pulling down four boards and recording three assists. He also connected on 6-of-12 shots.

Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his seventh season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 96-94 (.505) record during his time as head coach. In 19 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 356-239 (.598).

South Alabama comes into Wednesday night's game with a 1-0 record after defeating Spring Hill, 81-53, Friday night in its season-opener.

The Jaguars return seven letterwinners off last year's squad that went 17-15. Senir guard Tim Williams led USA with 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. Sophomore forward Martino Brock averaged 11.7 points and 6.3 boards, while senior forward Gary Redus added 8.6 points.

Against Spring Hill redshirt freshman center Augustine Rubit recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Brock also scored 16 points, and sophomore guard Rico Sanders added 12.

As a team, South Alabama shot 45.3-percent (29-of-64) from the floor while holding SHC to just 34.4-percent (21-of-61).

Head coach Ronnie Arrow is in his 12th season at the helm of the South Alabama men's basketball program. He has compiled a 177-128 (.305) record during his tenure as head coach. In 19 years, Arrow holds a 312-219 (.588) overall record.96-94 (.505) record during his time as head coach.

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