Southern Miss looks to snap a two-game losing streak this Wednesday, Feb. 13, when it hosts longtime rival Tulane. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT from Reed Green Coliseum.
The Last Meeting
Southern Miss 71
Tulane 66 (OT)
January 7, 2012
New Orleans, La.
Southern Miss Defeats Tulane in Overtime, 71-66
Neil Watson scored four of his 16 points in overtime as Southern Mississippi held off Tulane for a 71-66 Conference USA victory and the Golden Eagles' 11th straight win.
Southern Miss and Tulane will meet for the 75th time in a series that dates back to 1948. The Green Wave holds a 40-34 advantage, but the Golden Eagles have won the last six meetings and nine of the last 10. In Hattiesburg, Southern Miss holds an 18-15 lead. Last year, Southern Miss won 71-66 in overtime in Orleans
Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with an 18-6 record, 7-2 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles have dropped their last two games after falling, 89-76, Saturday afternoon to Memphis.
Senior guard Dwayne Davis scored 25 points and had five rebounds. Junior forward Daveon Boardingham had 14 points and six rebounds and senior forward Jonathan Mills added a game-high 11 boards.
Davis is leading the team with 13.4 points while pulling down 4.5 rebounds. He is also fifth in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (.434). Junior guard Jerrold Brooks is second on the team with 10.5 points. Junior guard Neil Watson is averaging 9.1 points and is second in Conference USA in steals (1.9), third in three-point field goal percentage (.459) and fourth in assists (5.0). Junior forward Michael Craig is adding 9.0 points and 5.1 rebounds. He is also connecting on 58.3-percent from the floor, which is fifth in the league. Mills is scoring 9.0 points and grabbing a team-high 6.9 boards a game, including 3.4 offensive rebounds per game, which is second in C-USA.
Southern Miss is scoring 73.7 points per game but allowing just 59.7, which leads Conference USA. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.6-percent from the floor and allowing its opponents to just 39.7-percent, which are first and third in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.389), and are second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.317). Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.5-to-28.8. The Golden Eagles are also leading the league and are second in the country in steals with 11.5.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 18-6 (.750) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 132-91 (.592) record in seven years as a head coach.
Tulane enters tonight's game with a 16-8 record, 4-5 in Conference USA. The Green Wave has won their last two games after defeating Houston, 88-85.
Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant scored a game high 27 points and had six assists. Kendall Timmons had 22 points and nine rebounds and Josh Davis recorded a double-double with 21 points and a game-high 12 boards.
Davis is the only player in Conference USA to average a double-double on the year, as he is second in scoring with 17.5 points while leading the league in rebounding with 10.1, including 4.1 offensive rebounds. He is also fourth in the league in minutes played (35.7). Tarrant is eighth in the conference with 15.5 points while averaging 3.1 assists. He is also sixth in C-USA in free throw percentage (.788). Senior guard Jordan Callahan is averaging 10.7 points and is fifth in the conference in three-pointers made per game (2.2).
As a team, the Green Wave are scoring 66.8 points per game but are second in Conference USA in scoring defense, giving up just 61.0 points. TU is connecting on just 41.3% from the field, while the opposition is connecting on 43.1%. From three-point distance, Tulane is hitting just 32.0%, and are allowing 32.5%. The Green Wave are also outrebounding its opponents, 36.5-to-30.8.
Head coach Ed Conroy is in his third seasons at the helm of the Tulane men's basketball program. Conroy is 44-41 (.518) as head coach of the Green Wave. He has compiled a 134-173 (.436) record in 10 years as a head coach.