Nov. 27, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team closes out a two-game homestand Saturday, Nov. 28, when it hosts Spring Hill. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.
Southern Miss and Spring Hill will meet for the 65th time, with the Golden Eagles holding a 47-17 advantage. Southern Miss has won the last 15 meetings. The teams have met the last six years after not playing the previous 32 years.
Southern Miss enters Saturday night's game with a 4-0 record after defeating cross-town foe William Carey, 74-57, Tuesday night at Reed Green Coliseum. It is the first time since 2006-07 that the Golden Eagles have won their first four games.
After the first half remained close Southern Miss broke the game open in the second half, leading by as many as 24 points. Junior forward Gary Flowers led the Golden Eagles with 18 points and eight rebounds. He also had three blocks and three steals. Sophomore guard Maurice Bolden had a team-high 19 points and five rebounds
Through three games, Bolden is tied for second in Conference USA with 8.5 rebounds per game, third in scoring with 18.0 points and tied for seventh with 1.5 blocks.
Flowers is second on the team with 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds, while junior guard R.L. Horton is contributing 9.0 points.
As a team, Southern Miss is scoring 73.0 points per game, while allowing 63.2. The Golden Eagles are third in the conference in rebounding, pulling down 38.5 boards per game, while giving up just 26.8 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 79-80 (.497) record during his time as head coach. In 18 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 339-225 (.601).
Spring Hill enters Saturday night's contest with a 3-1 record. The Badgers are coming off their first loss of the season, a 71-46 defeat at the hands of Auburn-Montgomery. Spring Hill trailed 27-22 at the half, but AUM broke the game open in the second half. Senior guard Marcus Coleman led SHC with a game-high 19 points. Sophomore guard Chris Dees, Jr. added eight points and 10 rebounds.
Coleman leads five Badgers in double-digits with 17.0 points per game and 5.0 assists. Sophomore guard Antonio Burch is second on the team with 14.0 points, while also grabbing 5.3 rebounds. Senior forward Owen McNally is scoring 11.5 points and pulling down a team-high 7.5 boards. Dees and junior center Nick Brown are scoring 11.0 and 10.3 points, respectively.
As a team, Spring Hill is averaging 74.3 points per game, while giving up 71.8. SHC is connecting on 47.6-percent of its shots while holding the opposition to 35.6-percent. However, the Badgers are getting outrebounded, 42.3-39.0
Head coach Robert Thompson is in his seventh season at the helm of the Spring Hill men's basketball program, compiling a 104-87 (.545) record during his tenure as head coach. In 11 years as a head coach, Thompson is 147-149 (.497).
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