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Golden Eagles Head to Road to Face Montana State

Nov. 19, 2009

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team looks to remain undefeated when it takes to the road to face Montana State in Bozeman, Mont., Saturday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. CT.

Due to the football game against Tulsa, the game will air on WHYB-96.5.

Southern Miss and Montana State will meet for the second consecutive year after meeting for the first time last year. This will be the first meeting in Bozeman. Last year, the Golden Eagles defeated Montana State, 68-60, in Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss enters Saturday night's game with a 2-0 record after defeating Loyola (N.O.), 73-62, Tuesday night in Reed Green Coliseum. The victory marks the fourth-straight season that the Golden Eagles have won their home opener and 16th time out of the last 17 years.

Southern Miss was led by sophomore guard Maurice Bolden, who had a game-high 29 points and 11 rebounds, while adding five blocks. It was his second straight double-double. Junior forward Josimar Ayarza recorded his first double-double of the year, scoring 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Junior forward Gary Flowers added 10 points.

Through two games, Bolden is second in Conference USA with 22.5 points per game, third with 10.5 rebounds and fourth with 2.5 blocks.

Junior guard R.L. Horton is second on the team with 12.5 points, while Gary Flowers is contributing 11.0 points.

As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 76.0 points per game, while allowing 67.0. The Golden Eagles lead Conference USA in rebounding, pulling down 46.0 boards per game, while giving up just 25.0 to the opposition.

Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his sixth season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 77-80 (.490) record during his time as head coach. In 18 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 337-225 (.600).

Montana State enters Saturday night's contest with a 1-1 record. The Bobcats are coming off a 68-58 victory over Colorado Christian. Erik Rush scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds and Bobby Howard added 19 points. Branden Johnson also had 11 points and eight rebounds for MSU.

The Bobcats are led by junior guard Erik Rush with 19.0 points per game and 4.5 assists. He is also pulling down 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. Junior forward Bobby Howard is on the team with 14.0 points, while also grabbing 4.0 rebounds. Junior forward Branden Johnson is leading the team with 6.0 rebounds per game, and scoring 6.5 points.

As a team, Montana State is averaging 64.5 points per game, while giving up 66.5. The Bobcats are connecting on 44.4-percent of their shots while allowing the opposition to shoot 48.1-percent. MSU is also outrebounding the opposition 34.0-28.5.

Head coach Brad Huse is in his fourth season at the helm of the Montana State men's basketball program. He has compiled a 41-52 (.441) record during his tenure as head coach. In 12 years as a head coach, Huse is 225-112 (.668).

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