HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- When Donnie Tyndall was introduced as the new basketball coach at Southern Mississippi, most were pleased that the school was able to attract a young coach that had led unheralded Morehead State to two NCAA Tournament appearances.
The one exception: senior guard Dwayne Davis.
But Tyndall and Davis have formed the unlikely foundation of the Golden Eagles. Davis played for Tyndall briefly at Morehead State in 2008 before a falling out led Davis to transfer. Now they're back together and Davis is the leading scorer for the Golden Eagles, who are riding a nine-game winning streak and eyeing a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
Southern Miss (17-4, 6-0 Conference USA) is preparing for a road game against Alabama-Birmingham (9-12, 1-5) on Saturday.