Dec. 27, 2012
- The Southern Miss men's basketball team will close out its stretch of 10 of the first 13 games on the road this Friday, Dec. 28, when it travels to Morehead, Ky., to face Morehead State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.
The Last Meeting
December 3, 1994
Southern Miss and Morehead State will meet for just the eighth time in history and the first time since 1994. MSU holds a 5-2 advantage over the Golden Eagles. In games played at Morehead State, it is a perfect 3-0. The teams last met at the Ameritas Classic in Lincoln, Neb.
Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall returns to Morehead State, where he was a player (1990-93) and for the previous six years served as its head coach. Tyndall recorded a 114-85 record while at MSU, winning two Ohio Valley Conference Championships and three postseason appearances, including two NCAA Tournaments.
Southern Miss comes into tonight's game looking to get back on track. The Golden Eagles are 8-4, but have dropped four of its last six games. Southern Miss is coming off a 59-51 defeat at Wichita State Saturday night.
Junior guard Jerrold Brooks had a game-high 18 points. Senior guard Dwayne Davis scored 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds and junior guard Neil Watson had 12 points and four assists.
Davis is leading the team with 13.98points while pulling down 5.0 rebounds. He is also sixth in Conference USA in free throw percentage, connecting on 84.4-pecent from the charity stripe. Junior forward Michael Craig is adding 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. He is also connecting on 55.3-percent from the floor, which is fourth in the league while averaging 1.8 steals per game, good for fifth in the conference. Brooks is scoring 9.9 points per game and junior forward Jonathan Mills is scoring 9.3 points and grabbing a team-high 6.8 boards a game.
Southern Miss is scoring 64.8 points per game but allowing just 59.2 which is second Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 44.8-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 38.8-percent, which leads the league. The Golden Eagles are connecting on just 32.2-percent from three-point range, but allowing just 29.8% from the same distance, tops in C-USA. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 33.8-to-29.7. The Golden Eagles are also second in the league in steals (9.8).
Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 8-4 (.667) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 122-89 (.578) record in seven years as a head coach.
Morehead State enters tonight's game with a 5-7 record. The Eagles have lost two straight and five of their last six after a 69-49 defeat at North Dakota State.
Junior center Chad Posthumus led MSU with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Angelo Warner added 10 points.
Senior forward Milton Chavis is the only Eagle in double-figures, scoring 13.9 points. He is also tied for second in the Ohio Valley Conference in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 50.0% of his attempts, as well as fifth in steals with 1.9 and is tied for eighth in field goal percentage, connecting on 50.5-percent. Warner is averaging 9.3 points. Senior forward Kahlil Owens is leading the team with 5.8 rebounds and senior guard Devon Atkinson is third in the OVC with 4.8 assists.
As a team, Morehead State is scoring 69.2 points per game while allowing 69.6. MSU is connecting on just 41.6% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on just 43.3%. From three-point distance, the Eagles are connecting on 32.5% and are allowing just 29.2%. Morehead State is outrebounding their opponents 36.8-to-34.8 and leads the OVC in steals (9.9) and offensive rebounds (14.0).
Head coach Sean Woods is in his first season at the helm of the Morehead State men's basketball program. Woods is 5-7 (.417) as head coach of the Eagles. He has compiled a 55-87 (.387) record in five years as a head coach.