USM basketball returns home after 30 days

USM basketball returns home after 30 days

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After 30 days, Southern Miss men’s basketball finally returns to the friendly confines of Reed-Green Coliseum.

The Golden Eagles (8-7, 0-3 Conference USA) host Middle Tennessee (3-12, 0-2 C-USA) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

"I wake up at night and not even know where I'm at,” said USM head coach Doc Sadler. “But yeah it's great to be at home. We've had eight road games and five home games. In college basketball, I think that's pretty much unheard of. I'm pleased where my team's at.”

USM concluded its six-game road trip 1-5 with a 65-62 loss at North Texas on Saturday.

Four of the Eagles’ five losses on the trip came by eight points or less. Sadler hopes USM’s shooting returns to form at Reed-Green. Southern Miss ranks last in the conference in free throw attempts (237) and free throw percentage (59%).

“I think we're playing about as well as we can play. We gotta make some free throws but I hope being at home is going to solve some of those issues with our shooting. Because if they do, I really like how we're playing."

“We just gotta close games, finish games,” said USM sophomore guard LaDavius Draine. “We gotta get over that hump. Second half, coach always say it comes down to the last five minutes of the game. We just gotta finish teams off.”

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