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December 1, 2012

Eagles begin three game road trip

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will begin a three-game road trip this Saturday, Dec. 1, at New Mexico State. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by ESPN3.

Southern Miss and New Mexico State will meet for just the seventh time ever with the series tied at three games apiece. Last year, the Golden Eagles won a pair of games against NMSU, taking an 80-72 decision in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout before winning, 74-66, a week later in Hattiesburg. The Aggies won the only other meeting in Las Cruces, a 64-58 decision in 1950.

Southern Miss comes into tonight's game with a 6-0 record after defeating Denver, 61-50, Tuesday night. Senior guard Dwayne Davis led the Golden Eagles with 22 points while pulling down six rebounds. Junior guard Jerrold Brooks score 12 points and junior forward Michael Craig grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

Davis is leading the team with 16.2 points, which is also sixth in the conference, while pulling down 5.2 rebounds. Brooks and senior forward Jonathan Mills are both scoring 9.7 points, while Mills is also grabbing a team-high 7.5 boards a game.

Southern Miss is leading the league in all major defensive categories. It is scoring 65.7 points per game but allowing just 57.3. The Golden Eagles are shooting 48.1-percent from the floor, which is second in the league and allowing its opponents to just 35.7-percent. The Golden Eagles are connecting on just 31.6-percent from three-point range, but allowing just 28.8% from the same distance. Southern Miss is also outrebounding its opponents, 35.5-to-28.2.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall is in his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. Tyndall is 6-0 (1.000) as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He has compiled a 120-85 (.585) record in seven years as a head coach.

New Mexico State enters tonight's game with a 3-4 record. The Aggies are coming off a 55-54 loss at UTEP Wednesday night.

Senior forward Tyrone Watson was the only Aggie to score double-figures, dropping in 13 points and grabbing five rebounds. Junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe and sophomore guard K.C. Ross-Miller both scored nine points.

Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings are both scoring 13.0 points for NMSU. Watson is fifth in the Western Athletic Conference in field goal percentage, connecting on 53.7% of his shots. Mullings leads the team with 6.0 rebounds and is second in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.636).

As a team, the Aggies are scoring 67.9 points per game and allowing just 60.6. New Mexico State is connecting on 44.1% from the field while the opposition is connecting on just 39.3%. From three-point distance, NMSU is connecting on just 30.9%, but is second in league in three-point field goal percentage defense (27.1%). The Aggies are outrebounding their opponents by more than 11 boards a game 40.3-to-29.0.

Head coach Marvin Menzies is in his sixth season at the helm of the New Mexico State men's basketball program. He has compiled a 105-72 (.593) overall record.

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