Dec. 14, 2012
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will try to snap a three-game slide this Saturday, Dec. 15, when it hosts Grambling State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.
The Last Meeting
December 7, 1996
Iowa City, Iowa
Southern Miss and Grambling State will meet for just the second time. Southern Miss won the only other meeting, a 70-52 victory in the Super Chevy Shootout in Iowa City, Iowa during the 1996-97 season.
The Black and Gold are currently on a 17-game home winning streak, tied for fifth-most in the country. Southern Miss has also won its last 25 non-conference home games, the second longest streak in school history.
The Golden Eagles come into the game at 6-3 after falling at Louisiana Tech, 65-55, last Saturday night.
Junior forward Michael Craig led the Golden Eagles with 21 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward Jonathan Mills scored 11 points and had eight rebounds.
Senior guard Dwayne Davis is leading the team with 14.1 points while pulling down 5.0 rebounds. He is also leading Conference USA in free throw percentage, connecting on 92.0-pecent from the charity stripe. Craig is adding 11.1 points and 6.0 rebounds. Mills is scoring 9.7 points and grabbing a team-high 7.4 boards a game.
Southern Miss is scoring 62.7 points per game but allowing just 60.0, third in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 43.5-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 38.9-percent, which is second in the league. The Golden Eagles are connecting on just 29.5-percent from three-point range, but allowing just 28.8% from the same distance, second in C-USA. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 34.7-to-29.7. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league in free throw shooting and are 34th in the country, connecting on 75.3% of their attempts from the charity stripe.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 6-3 (.667) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 120-88 (.577) record in seven years as a head coach.
Grambling State enters tonight's game with a 0-6 record. The Tigers are coming off a 92-42 loss at Auburn, Tuesday night.
Senior guard Derron Hobbs led the Tigers with 11 points. Senior center Peter Roberson pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and freshman forward Terry Rose added eight points.
Grambling State is being led by Rose with 15.3 points per game. Hobbs is second on the team with 6.9 points per game. Sophomore forward Demetri Wheeler, despite missing three games, leads GSU with 6.5 rebounds per game. Roberson is adding 5.9 boards.
As a team, the Tigers are being held to just 50.4 points per game while allowing 86.4. Grambling State is connecting on just 36.6% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on just 48.1%. From three-point distance, GSU is connecting on 34.4%, but is allowing 41.5%. The Tigers are also being outrebounded 40.7-to-29.1.
Head coach Joseph Price is in his first season at the helm of the Grambling State men's basketball program, where he has compiled a 0-7 (.000) overall record.