Dec. 9, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will head to California this weekend to play two games in two days. The Golden Eagles will face Cal-State-Monterey Bay on Saturday, Dec. 11, before playing Cal the following day. Tip-off for both games is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.
This will be the first meeting between Southern Miss and Cal State-Monterey Bay. Southern Miss and California will meet for the second time. The Golden Bears won the only other meeting, 67-59, in 2007, which was also played in Berkeley.
Southern Miss enters Saturday afternoon's game with a 5-1 record after dropping its first game of the season, 86-81, at Ole Miss last Saturday night.
Southern Miss was led by senior R.L. Horton with 20 points. Senior Gary Flowers posted 19 points and seven rebounds. Junior Angelo Johnson scored 17 points with seven assists and six rebounds, and freshman D.J. Newbill recorded his third double-double in the last four games, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Flowers is currently second in Conference USA with 20.6 points while leading the league with 2.4 blocks. He is also ninth in three-point field goal percentage (40.9%) and tenth in rebounding (6.8) and field goal percentage (51.3%). Horton is eighth in the league with 16.3 points. Ayarza is scoring 11.6 points per game and is second on the team with 6.8 rebounds. Newbill is averaging 11.2 points and is seventh in C-USA with 7.6 rebounds. Johnson is adding 6.4 points and is second in the league with 6.2 assists while pulling down 5.6 rebounds.
As a team, the Eagles lead the league in scoring (83.8 ppg) and are third in scoring defense (61.5). Southern Miss is connecting on 47.2-percent of its shots, while allowing its opposition to hit just 34.3-percent, which is third in the NCAA. The Black and Gold are also leading the league with 47.7 rebounds and are second with 16.8 assists per game and 5.8 blocks 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 100-95 (.513) record during his time as head coach. In 19 years, Eustachy has an overall record of 360-240 (.600).
Cal-State-Monterey Bay comes into today's game with a 4-2 record. The Otters have won their last three games after defeating Academy of Art, 76-62, Wednesday night.
Sophomore Davion Berry poured in a team-high 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, while classmate Brandon Ward contributed 18 points, including 3-of-4 3-point baskets. Berry and Ward each recorded three steals apiece. Senior Warren Freeman finished with seven points. Senior Ian Hosford pulled down six rebounds while dishing out four assists.
Berry is leading the team with 16.3 points and 3.8 assists, while also pulling down 4.3 rebounds a game. Hosford is scoring 11.5 points and leading the team with 5.2 rebounds. Ward is third on the team with 11.3 points and senior guard Darroll Phillips is scoring 9.8 points per game.
As a team, CSUMB is scoring 68.5 points while allowing 65.7 points. The Otters are shooting 44.2-percent from the floor while its opposition is hitting 39.6-percent of its shots. From behind the arc, Cal State-Monterey Bay is hitting 34.7-percent of its shots, while their opposition is dropping in 32.0-percent. The Otters are getting outrebounded, 37.8-30.2.
Head coach Rob Bishop is in his third season at the helm of the Cal State-Monterey Bay men's basketball program. He has compiled a 28-35 (.444) record during his tenure as head coach.
California comes into tonight's game looking to get back into the win column. The Golden Bears are 5-3 after dropping a 77-57 decision to 14th-ranked San Diego State last Wednesday.
Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez scored 19 points for the Bears and junior forward Harper Kamp added 18, who had won 22 straight nonconference home games since falling to Utah three years ago. Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison led all players with 12 rebounds.
Cal is led by Gutierrez, who is averaging a team-leading 13.3 points and 3.6 assists. Kamp is the only other player averaging double-digit points, scoring 12.8 while also pulling down 6.0 rebounds. Sanders-Frison leads the team with 7.8 boards.
As a team, the Golden Bears are scoring 65.4 points while allowing 64.2. The Bears are shooting 42.6-percent from the floor while its opposition is hitting 40.6-percent of its shots. From behind the arc, Cal is hitting just 31.6-percent of its shots, while their opposition is dropping in 32.3-percent. The Bears are outrebounding their opponents 37.1-32.0.
Head coach Mike Montgomery is in his third season at the helm of the California men's basketball program. He has compiled a 51-25 (.671) record during his tenure as head coach. In 29 seasons overall, Montgomery is 598-269 (.690).