Jan. 4, 2014
Seven Conference USA men's basketball teams treated their home fans to non-conference victories on their home courts. Southern Miss started things off in front of 6,000-plus Friday night at Reed Green Coliseum with a 66-49 win over a strong Drexel team.
Tulsa won its fourth-straight home game with a 73-57 victory in a Saturday matinee. UAB improved to a perfect 9-0 at Bartow Arena as the Blazers defeated Newberry, 96-75. Louisiana Tech set a school record with 126 points in a 126-52 win over Longwood. Old Dominion shot 56 percent from the field to jump out to a 40-29 halftime lead and finished with a 71-66 victory over George Mason. Charlotte defeated intrastate rival North Carolina A&T, 88-72, to improve to 7-1 at Halton Arena. North Texas also added to its win total with a 76-72 victory over UC Riverside.
One final home game remains this weekend as Marshall welcomes Presbyterian to the Cam Henderson Center Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Complete C-USA Standings and Results
Tulsa 73, Cal State Fullerton 57
North Texas 76, UC Riverside 72
UAB 96, Newberry 75
Louisiana Tech 126, Longwood 52
Charlotte 88, North Carolina A&T 72
Old Dominion 71, George Mason 66
Harvard 69, Rice 54
Arkansas 104, UTSA 71
Southern Miss 66, Drexel 49
C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS
- Louisiana Tech set a school record for offensive output in a single game with 126 points in a 126-52 victory against Longwood. Senior G Kenyon McNeail (Conway, Ark.) was one of seven Bulldogs in double-figures and led the way with 21 points, including a 5-of-10 performance from 3-point range. Junior G Raheem Appleby (Jacksonville, Ark.) added 18 points, while sophomore Alex Hamilton (Chipley, Fla.) registered his second double-double with 14 points and a career-high 12 assists. Seniors Chris Anderson (Muskegon, Mich.), Cordarius Johnson (Coushatta, La.) and Jaron Johnson (Tyler, Texas) and junior G Kenneth Smith (St. Petersburg, Fla.) all tallied 13 games on the night. It was the fourth time this season LA Tech had reached the century mark, including its last outing - a 102-98 win over Oklahoma.
- Old Dominion jumped out to a 40-29 lead at the half and the Monarchs held on for a 71-66 victory against visiting George Mason in front of 7,511 in the Ted Constant Convocation Center. ODU had four players in double figures, led by sophomore Aaron Bacote's (Hampton, Va.) 20 points. Joining Bacote in double figures were junior G Dimitri Batten (Newport News, Va.) with 13 and junior F Richard Ross (Wichita Falls, Texas) and sophomore G Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) with 12 each.
- All five UAB starters scored in double-figures and junior F C.J. Washington (Augusta, Ga.) came off the bench for his fifth double-double in a 96-75 win over Newberry Saturday afternoon. The Blazers improved to 9-0 at Bartow Arena this season. Junior G Chad Frazier (Charlotte, N.C.) led UAB with 18 points, while Washington added 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Blazers, ranked first nationally in rebounds and second in rebound margin, outrebounded Newberry, 50-23. Seniors Fahro Alihodzic (Vlasencia, Bosnia) and Robert Williams (Greenville, Miss.) chipped in 14 points apiece, while classmates Rob Rucker (Elberton, Ga.) and Jordan Swing (Birmingham, Ala.) added 11 points each.
- Charlotte junior G Pierria Henry (Charleston, W.Va.) poured in 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the 49ers to an 88-72 win over intrastate rival North Carolina A&T. The 49ers shot 53 percent from the field, including a 10-of-19 performance from behind the arc. Sophomores Shawn Lester (Mooresville, N.C.) and Willie Clayton (Thomasville, Ga.) tossed in 13 points apiece.
- North Texas senior G Brandon Walton (Compton, Calif.) drained four 3-pointers and finished with a team-best 14 points in a 76-72 win over visiting UC Riverside. Sophomore Maurice Aniefiok (Lagos, Nigeria) added 13 points to the Mean Green offense, while junior F Colin Voss (Grand Rapids, Mich.) chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds.
- Tulsa pulled away in the second-half for a 73-57 victory over Cal State Fullerton at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Tulsa's 16-point first-half lead was sliced to two points, but the Hurricane managed to grab a second-half double-digit lead and keep it for a 16-point victory. Sophomores D'Andre Wright (Lawton, Okla.), Rashad Smith (Plano, Texas) and James Woodard (Edmond, Okla.) each scored 12 points to lead the Hurricane, while classmate Shaquille Harrison (Kansas City, Mo.) added 11 points and a team-high five steals. The Hurricane forced 16 turnovers and had a 20-6 advantage in points off turnovers, including tallying 12 second-half points off CSUF miscues.
- Rice sophomore G Keith Washington (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 11 points to lead the Owls, but the team was unable to hand Harvard its second loss of the season and fell, 69-54, in its non-conference finale.
- UTSA senior G Devon Agusi (Dallas, Texas) scored a game-high 20 points, but the Roadrunners dropped a 104-71 decision at Arkansas Saturday night.
- Southern Miss used a big second half to take a 66-49 victory from Drexel Friday night. It was the final non-conference contest for the Golden Eagles, who enter C-USA play with a 13-2 record. It is the second time that they won 13 games before conference play (2011-12). Senior Michael Craig (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded his third straight double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.
Sunday, January 5
Presbyterian at Marshall - 1:00p
Tuesday, January 7
Middle Tennessee at Tennessee State - 7:00p
Thursday, January 9
Florida Atlantic at Louisiana Tech - 6:30p
FIU at Rice - 7:00p
Marshall at UTSA (TXTX) - 7:00p
Southern Miss at North Texas - 7:00p
Charlotte at UTEP (CBS SN) - 8:00p
Tulane at Tulsa (CSS) - 8:00p
Conference games in Bold.
All times Central.
2013-14 C-USA Men's Basketball Fact Book
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