HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- It has come all too soon. The Southern Miss men's basketball team will play its final home game of the season on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Florida Atlantic and honor seniors Quinton Campbell, Michael Ramey and Raheem Watts prior to tip-off.
The video stream can be found on Southern Miss All Access with John Cox, the Voice of the Golden Eagles, and he will also have the call on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network (Rock 104.5 in Hattiesburg). The Golden Eagles are also seeking to end the home campaign on a two-game winning streak and go 3-0 in Senior Days for the Doc Sadler era.
Fans can gain admission by visiting SouthernMissTickets.com, calling 1-800-844-TICK, or visiting the Reed Green Coliseum box office pregame. Also, fans who have a ticket stub from Saturday's 1 p.m. baseball game can walk across the street and redeem it for free admission as well.
– Thursday’s game against FIU was absolutely one for the ages. Southern Miss trailed by 11 with five minutes left before a 15-0 run gave it a 56-52 lead with 1:45 left. The Panthers eventually tied it on a late three-pointer and then scored the first six points of overtime. The Golden Eagles erupted at the right time, as back-to-back Quinton Campbell three-pointers tied it before D’Angelo Richardson connected on a desperation heave as time expired for a 69-66 win. All nine overtime points came in the final 1:27.
– Campbell recorded a career-high 28 points, his sixth game of the year with 20 or more, and Cortez Edwards was a star in many phases once again with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks. Both played career-highs of 44 minutes. Richardson was also the hero in Southern Miss’ only other OT game, scoring nine of his 14 points in extra sessions in the season opener (more on pg. 5).
– One more regular-season win for the Golden Eagles would mark a second consecutive improvement for C-USA victories under head coach Doc Sadler. His first squad went 3-14 (one win vacated) as it began its NCAA sanctions from prior seasons, then went 4-14 last year before its current 5-9 mark.
– Southern Miss will look to get some revenge on Florida Atlantic after a heartbreaker in the Sunshine State last January. The Golden Eagles held a 30-21 halftime lead but were unable to stave off the Owls on their home hardwood. Tim Rowe, who has not played since December due to an injury, had a career-high 20 points in that game as a freshman.
– Southern Miss went a season-best 11-for-12 at the free-throw line (92 percent), with all attempts coming in the second half. The squad also produced double-digit steals for the third time, two including swipes by Edwards at midcourt that preceded fastbreak dunks, and the 10 made three-pointers were one off a season-high (11 vs. Tulane). Southern Miss also went 4-0 in home Thursday C-USA contests.
– There will be a pregame ceremony honoring seniors Quinton Campbell, Michael Ramey and Raheem Watts. Campbell was previously part of the Spring Hill (Ala.) and East Central Community College programs. Ramey began his career at Ball State before a season-ending illness allowed him to take a redshirt. He then transferred to Miami-Dade CC where he broke his wrist late in the season. After a solid sophomore year at Seminole State JC in Oklahoma, he made his way to Southern Miss. Watts previously played junior college ball at Jacksonville College and Dodge City CC in Texas and Kansas, respectively.
– The Owls most recently fell 95-69 at Louisiana Tech on Thursday night. They also pulled off an impressive three consecutive wins on their last road trip, first taking care of FIU and then getting two tight ones at Charlotte and Old Dominion. FAU also won at Ohio State back on Dec. 6.
– FAU coach Michael Curry was a teammate of Southern Miss assistant Clarence Weatherspoon as a rookie with the Philadelphia 76ers. Weatherspoon was the leading scorer on that team (18.4 ppg). Curry ultimately played 11 years in the NBA and some in international leagues before serving as the Pistons’ head coach in the 2008-09 season.