Southern Miss (8-4) at Morehead State (5-7)
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DATE & TIME: Friday, December 28, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ellis Johnson Arena (6,500) -- Morehead, Kentucky.
Television: None. Home Record: USM 3-0, MSU 4-1. Away Record: USM 3-3, MSU
0-6. Neutral Record: USM 2-1, MSU 1-0. Conference Record: USM 0-0, MSU 0-0.
Series Record: Morehead State leads, 5-2.
GAME NOTES: The Morehead State Eagles begin a season-long, four-game homestand
on Friday night when they play host to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at
Ellis Johnson Arena.
Southern Miss began the 2012-13 season on a positive note, winning each of its
first six games, which included three straight in the Legends Classic in
Huntsville, Texas in mid-November. Since then however, the Golden Eagles have
dropped four of six to fall to 8-4 on the year, most recently losing at
Wichita State last Saturday, 59-51.
Morehead State has also been reeling of late, suffering defeats in five of its
last six outings, culminating in a 69-49 blowout loss at North Dakota State on
Dec. 21. Despite the poor start, the Eagles have played well at home, winning
four of five at Ellis Johnson Arena.
Morehead State leads the all-time series with Southern Miss, 5-2, which
includes a 3-0 mark in games played at home.
While USM's scoring output has been modest at best (66.0 ppg), it has shot a
solid 45.6 percent from the field, but it is coming off its worst performance
of the season in the loss to Wichita State. The Golden Eagles made just 36
percent of their field goal attempts, committed 16 turnovers, and lost the
rebounding battle, 44-26. Jerrold Brooks put together an impressive game in
the setback, shooting 7-of-11 from the field (4-of-6 from 3-point range) for
18 points. Dwayne Davis (13 points) and Neil Watson (12 points) also had
decent showings, but no other Southern Miss player scored more than three
points. Davis (13.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Michael Craig (10.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg), and
Johnathan Mills (9.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg) have not only been the team's best scorers
but also very efficient, as each make greater than 51 percent of his field
goal attempts. Brooks (9.2 ppg) hasn't been as fortunate with his shot, as he
connects on only 34.3 percent.
Morehead State actually scores more points per game (69.2 ppg) than does
Southern Miss, but it shoots a much lower percentage from the floor (.416).
Not much went right for the Eagles in their 20-point loss at North Dakota
State, as it shot just 16-of-46 from the floor (.348), including a dismal 1-
of-13 from 3-point range. Chad Posthumus was solid in the low post in the
defeat, tallying 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Angelo
Warner added 10 points. They weren't helped in the loss by the fact that their
top scorer Milton Chavis (13.2 ppg) didn't play, as he is the only player to
average double digits on a nightly basis. Warner is the next-best scorer at
9.3 ppg, draining more than 90 percent of his free throw attempts. Even with
its scoring deficiencies, Morehead State has been able to win games by
sporting positive rebounding (plus-1.9) and turnover (plus-2.3) differentials.
Morehead State has been far from a model of consistency this year, but it
always gets up to play in front of its fans, and considering Southern Miss's
erratic play of late, the hometown Eagles have a great opportunity to get back
on track in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Morehead State 69, Southern Miss 66
12/28 10:32:21 ET
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