Nov. 25, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will play its third game of a four-game homestand this Saturday, November 27, when it hosts Spring Hill. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT from Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss and Spring Hill will meet for the 66th time, with the Golden Eagles holding a 48-17 advantage. Southern Miss has won the last 16 meetings. The teams have met the last six years after not playing the previous 32 years. The Black and Gold have won those games by an average of 26.2 points per game.
Southern Miss enters Saturday night's game with a 3-0 record after defeating McNeese State, 75-60, last Monday night. The victory marks the 11th straight non-conference home win for the Eagles.
Southern Miss was led by senior forward Gary Flowers, who had a game-high 24 points while pulling down eight rebounds. He also connected on a career-high tying 10-of-18 shots. Freshman guard D.J. Newbill recorded his first career double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds, and senior guard R.L. Horton had 14 points. Junior guard Angelo Johnson added eight points, five rebounds and a career-high nine assists.
Through three games, Flowers is leading the team with 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Horton is fifth in Conference USA with 17.7 points. Newbill is averaging 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, while Johnson is adding 6.7 points and is second in the league with 7.0 assists and tenth with 6.3 rebounds.
As a team, the Eagles are scoring 76.0 points a game while giving up just 57.0, good for third in Conference USA. Southern Miss is connecting on 47.3-percent of its shots, while allowing its opposition to hit a league low 30.6-percent. USM is also tops in rebounding, grabbing 45.3 boards a game.
Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his seventh season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 98-94 (.510) record during his time as head coach. In 19 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 358-239 (.600).
Spring Hill comes into tonight's game with a 1-3 record. After winning its season-opener, the Badgers have dropped their last three games, including a 69-58 loss to 12th-ranked Lee University last Saturday.
Against Lee, freshman guard Brandon Blake tallied 15 points for SHC and junior guard Kyle Watkins scored 12 points. Junior guard Stephen Burches also contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for the Badgers.
Senior center Nick Brown leads Spring Hill with 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. Blake is averaging 15.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, while Watkins is adding 13.0 points. Burches is giving the Badgers 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds a game, while junior guard Tyler Schwab is contributing 5.0 assists.
As a team, Spring Hill is scoring 68.5 points while allowing its opponents to score 77.0 points. SHC is shooting 41.8-percent from the floor while its opposition is hitting 43.1-percent from the floor. From behind the arc, the Badgers are hitting just 31.6-percent of its shots, while their opposition is dropping in 35.4-percent. However, Spring Hill is outrebounding its opponents, 40.5-38.3.
Head coach Robert Thompson is in his eighth season at the helm of the Spring Hill men's basketball program. He has compiled a 117-103 (.532) record during his tenure as head coach. In 12 years, Thompson holds a 160-165 (.492) overall record.
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