Nov. 23, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team begins a two-game homestand Tuesday, Nov. 24, when it hosts cross-town foe William Carey. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss and William Carey will meet for the sixth time, with the Golden Eagles taking the previous five. The teams have met five of the last six years, beginning in 2003.
Southern Miss enters Saturday night's game with a 3-0 record after defeating Montana State, 66-62, Saturday night in Bozeman. It is the first time since 1997-98 that Southern Miss has won back-to-back true non-conference road games.
Southern Miss trailed by 13 points with 11:46 to play. But the Golden Eagles went on a 19-2 run, and hit seven straight foul shots to ice the game at the end. Southern Miss was led by junior forward Gary Flowers, who had a game-high 18 points and five rebounds, while adding three steals. Sophomore guard Angelo Johnson scored a season-high 12 points with four assists, and sophomore guard Maurice Bolden added eight points and eight rebounds.
Through three games, Bolden is second in Conference USA with 9.7 rebounds per game, fifth with 17.7 rebounds and sixth with 1.7 blocks.
Flowers is second on the team with 13.3 points, while junior guard R.L. Horton is contributing 11.3 points.
As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 72.7 points per game, while allowing 65.3. The Golden Eagles are third in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 39.3 boards per game, while giving up just 26.3 to the opposition, tops in C-USA.
Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his sixth season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 78-80 (.494) record during his time as head coach. In 18 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 338-225 (.600).
William Carey enters Tuesday night's contest with a 2-1 record. The Crusaders are coming off their first loss of the season, a 76-72 defeat to Union in Hattiesburg. The Crusaders led by 14 points in the second half. But WCU missed 6-of-11 free throws down the stretch, allowing Union to earn the victory. Sophomore center Cory Smith led all scorers with 24 points while junior forward Drew Meyerchick added 17.
Meyerchick leads the Crusaders with 19.3 points per game and 2.3 steals. He is also pulling down 3.7 rebounds. Senior guard Chris Cyprian is second on the team with 14.5 points, while sophomore forward Brandon Cooks is scoring 14.0 points and grabbing a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game. Smith is also scoring 11.0 points with 4.3 rebounds
As a team, William Carey is averaging 87.0 points per game, while giving up just 66.7. The Crusaders are connecting on 48.8-percent of their shots while holding the opposition to 38.0-percent. WCU is also outrebounding the opposition 44.7-41.7.
Head coach Steve Knight is in his 28th season at the helm of the William Carey men's basketball program. He has compiled a 485-387 (.574) record during his tenure as head coach.