Nov. 26, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball returns home for the first time in two weeks when it hosts Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Golden Eagles Downed by Denver, 59- 52
Angelo Johnson led Southern Mississippi (0-2) with 12 points, but the Golden Eagles couldn't hold on to the lead and lost to Denver 59-52 on Thursday night.
The Golden Eagles come into the game with the sixth-longest home winning streak in the nation, having won their last 16 home games. They are also looking to extend their non-conference home winning streak, which currently stands at 24.
Southern Miss and Denver will meet for just the fourth time ever. The Golden Eagles are looking for their first victory in the series. The teams met last year, with Denver earning a 59-52 victory. This will be the first-ever meeting in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 5-0 record after Liberty, 74-56, in the final game of the Progressive Legends Classic Sub-Regional.
Jonathan Mills led all scorers with 18 points while pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. Dwayne Davis scored 14 points and had five assists and Norville Carey scored a season-high 13 points. Neil Watson also had a game-high seven assists.
Davis is leading the team with 15.0 points while pulling down 5.0 rebounds. Mills is scoring 10.6 points and grabbing a team-high 7.6 boards a game. Michael Craig is scoring 10.0 points and adding 5.0 boards.
Southern Miss is leading the league in all major defensive categories. It is scoring 66.6 points per game but allowing just 58.8. The Golden Eagles are shooting 47.8-percent from the floor and while allowing its opponents to just 36.3-percent. The Golden Eagles are connecting on just 29.2-percent from three-point range, but allowing just 28.8% from the same distance. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 36.0-to-28.6.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 5-0 (1.000) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 119-85 (.583) record in seven years as a head coach.
Denver enters tonight's game with a 1-3 record. The Pioneers are coming off a 60-53 loss to Colorado State Wednesday night.
DU was led by senior guard Chase Hallam with a game-high 19 points. Sophomore forward Royce O'Neale added 16 points and five assists.
Denver is placing four players in double-figures, led by junior forward Chris Udofia with 13.8 points. Udofia is also leading the team with 7.5 rebounds per game and is tied for fifth in the Western Athletic Conference with 2.3 blocks per game. O'Neale is second on the team with 11.3 points. He is also tied for second in the WAC with 2.8 steals and tied for third with 4.3 assists. Hallam is scoring 11.0 points and sophomore guard Brett Olson is averaging 10.8 points while leading the league in three-pointers made (3.3) and minutes played (37.8).
As a team, the Pioneers are scoring 60.0 points per game but allowing 62.0. Denver is connecting on just 38.8% from the field while the opposition is connecting on 45.9%. From three-point distance, DU is connecting on 30.4%, while keeping its opponents to 34.0%. The Pioneers are being outrebounded 36.2-to-29.0. Denver, however, is leading the league in free throw percentage (.734) and is second in three-pointers made (7.8).
Head coach Joe Scott is in his sixth season at the helm of the Denver men's basketball program. He has compiled an 81-77 (.513) record during his tenure as head coach. In 13 years, Scott holds a 170-185 (.479) overall record.
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