Basketball Welcomes Jackson State in Home Opener
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss basketball team is set to host Jackson State in the 2015-16 home opener at Reed Green Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. The Golden Eagles (0-1), who tipped off the season on the road at Memphis, welcome the Tigers (0-1) to Reed Green Coliseum for the 12th time in the 13-game series history.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Southern Miss Men's Basketball poster, while the first 500 fans receive a voucher for a free hot dog. In addition, all kids (12 and under) receive free admission.
The Golden Eagles return seven players from last season, -- Keljin Blevins (So.), Norville Carey (Sr.), Jamie Chapman (Sr.), Eddie Davis III (RFr.), Kevin Holland (So.), Michael O'Donnell (RSr.), and Khari Price (RJr.) -- but only six have lettered for the Golden Eagles. Price played and started at Dayton prior to joining the Southern Miss roster. Price sat out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA regulations.
Southern Miss welcomes eight newcomers to the team for the 2015-16 season. The newcomers include Quinton Campbell (RJr.), Christian Clark (Fr.), Cortez Edwards (Fr.), Kourtlin Jackson (RSr.), Michael Ramey (Jr.), Tim Rowe (Fr.), Robert Thomas III (Fr.), and Raheem Watts (Jr.).
On Saturday, November 14, both Southern Miss and Memphis basketball programs honored Gene D. Carlisle, a prominent businessman and friend of Tiger Athletics as well as a Southern Miss Alumnus, who passed away on May 29, 2015. The two programs, which have a long tradition of strong competition against each other played their 2015-16 season openers against each other while wearing a black circular patch, emblazoned with GC on it.
Southern Miss played 11 players in the season opener, including eight players who saw their first action in a Golden Eagle uniform. The newcomers tallied 27 of the team's 49 points (.551), and pulled down 23 of USM's 48 rebounds (.479).
The Golden Eagle bench excelled in the season opener against Memphis. The bench combined for 37 of the team's 49 points (.755). Davis (13) and Ramey (10) led Southern Miss in scoring, both off the bench.
Southern Miss is 10-2 (.833) all-time against Jackson State, including a 10-1 (.909) clip at home. The series dates back to 1987 when the Golden Eagles posted a 79-68 victory over the Tigers. USM won the next four meetings before dropping a one point decision in 1993. Southern Miss won the next five meetings in the series history, including a 67-51 victory in 2013 -- the last time the two teams met in Hattiesburg. Jackson State won the last meeting between the two teams, earning a 66-46 decision in the only game of the series played in Jackson.
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Southern Miss is 19-1 (.950) in home openers in the last 20 seasons, including three victories over Jackson State. #OpeningAct
The Golden Eagles have posted a .500 or better record at home every season since the 1972-73 season -- a span of 43 years. #NoPlaceLikeHome
In last 5 seasons, Southern Miss is 65-11 (.855) at Reed Green Coliseum, including a 33-2 (.943) record against nonconference foes. #Winning
Eleven players saw action in the season opener, including eight players getting their first action in a Golden Eagle uniform. #Newcomers
Golden Eagles drained nine (9) three pointers in season opener against Memphis. Six (6) different players had at least one trey. #MakeItRain
The starting lineup against Memphis consisted of four players making their first start in a Southern Miss uniform. #StartItUp
Southern Miss' bench outscored Memphis 37-to-24 and was responsible for nearly 76-percent of the Golden Eagles' total points. #Bench
Michael O'Donnell's 13 rebounds against Memphis was the second most by a Conference USA player in a season opener this season. #Boards
After one game, Southern Miss is ranked second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense. #LockDownD
Southern Miss is second in Conference USA in offensive rebounds and fifth overall in the league in rebounding. #BigBoards