Jan. 9, 2014
With six games on the slate for Thursday's Conference USA openers, FIU, Louisiana Tech and UTSA won their inaugural C-USA contests and Charlotte, Southern Miss and Tulsa also picked up victories.
Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss extended their win streaks to five games each, with the Golden Eagles earning their eighth win on the road. Senior Michael Craig led the way with 21 points and he and Daveon Boardingham were a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. The Bulldogs had a big night from Michale Kyser, who scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Charter C-USA member Charlotte made its return to the league with a key 73-68 win over UTEP at the Don Haskins Center, site of the 2014 C-USA Men's Basketball Championship. Mike Thorne Jr. tossed in 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the 49ers. FIU also picked up a road win by defeating host Rice, 71-60. Senior Tymell Murphy scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half. He also grabbed 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.
Tulsa defeated Tulane, 97-71, as all five Golden Hurricane starters scored in double-figures, with a career-best 23 points from Shaquille Harrison. UTSA also won its C-USA debut with a 90-81 victory over Marshall. The Roadrunners' Keon Lewis came off the bench for 23 points, while all UTSA reserves combined for 47 points.
Complete C-USA Standings and Results
Louisiana Tech 84, Florida Atlantic 64
(RV) Southern Miss 74, North Texas 64
FIU 71, Rice 60
UTSA 90, Marshall 81
Charlotte 73, UTEP 68
Tulsa 97, Tulane 71
C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS
- Louisiana Tech 84, Florida Atlantic 64: Louisiana Tech won its inaugural C-USA opener and its fifth game in a row with an 84-64 victory against Florida Atlantic. Junior F Michael Kyser (Lancaster, Texas) scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Sophomore Alex Hamilton (Chipley, Fla.) added 14 points and Cordarius Johnson (Coushatta, La.) chipped in 12. Junior Raheem Appleby (Jacksonville, Ark.), the team's leading scorer, had scored eight points when he had to leave the game in the first half with injury to his left ankle. Tests came back negative and it was diagnosed to be an ankle sprain. The Owls got a 16-point performance from sophomore G Jackson Trapp (Orlando, Fla.), while junior C Justin Raffington (Freiberg, Germany) registered his fourth career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- (RV) Southern Miss 74, North Texas 64: Southern Miss used an 11-0 second half run to pull away from host North Texas, 74-64. It was the Golden Eagles' fourth-straight victory in a C-USA opener and fifth win in a row this season. Senior Michael Craig (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the way with a career-high 21 points and seven rebounds. Senior F Daveon Boardingham (Newark, N.J.) had 11 points and six rebounds and both he and Craig were a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. Junior G Deonte Houston (Bronx, N.Y.) added a career-high 10 points and classmate Jeremiah Eason (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) grabbed nine rebounds. Southern Miss came out hot, connecting on seven of its first nine shots, and improved to 14-2 on the season with the win. North Texas started the second half on a 13-3 run of its own and pulled within one point during the second half. Junior G Jordan Williams (Dallas, Texas) tossed in 17 points, hitting 7-of-14 from the field in 20 minutes.
- FIU 71, Rice 60: Senior Tymell Murphy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead FIU to a 71-60 victory over host Rice. The win marked the first conference victory for the Panthers as members of Conference USA. Murphy led all players with 22 points and 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. He shot 9-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. Murphy also added three assists and two blocks in 34 minutes of action. Redshirt junior Dennis Mavin (Gainesville, Fla.) finished the night with 16 points and career-highs of nine rebounds and four assists. The game that saw nine ties and 16 lead changes. Senior G Austin Ramljak (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led Rice with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including a trio of three-pointers.
- UTSA 90, Marshall 81: Junior G Keon Lewis (Seattle, Wash.) came off the bench to score 23 points and lead UTSA to a 90-81 win over Marshall in its inaugural Conference USA contest at the Convocation Center. Lewis shot 7-of-14 from the floor, including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and six free throws to go along with five rebounds, an assist and steal for the Roadrunners, who tied their season high for points. Senior G Hyjii Thomas (Houston, Texas) tallied 14 points, while Philip Jones (Freeport, Bahamas) and senior Devon Agusi (Dallas, Texas) also reached double-figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. UTSA shot 61.5 percent in the second half, 51.9 percent for the contest and connected on 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) 3-pointers. Led by Lewis' 23 points, the squad totaled 47 points off the bench and also finished with 36 points in the paint. Marshall freshman Kareem Canty (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tossed in a game-high 26 points for the Thundering Herd.
- Charlotte 73, UTEP 68:Charlotte sophomore C Mike Thorne (Fayetteville, N.C.) tallied 16 points and 14 rebounds in a key 73-68 road win at UTEP as the 49ers won their return to C-USA. Junior G Terrence Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) matched Thorne's output of 16 points and junior G Pierria Henry (Charleston, W.Va) added 13 points. The first half saw four lead changes and six ties before the 49ers took a 34-29 lead at the half. UTEP senior C John Bohannon (Lancaster, Texas) poured in 23 points with a 7-of-9 performance from the field. Junior Julian Washburn (Duncanville, Texas) added 19 points. Charlotte snapped the Miners' five-game win streak.
- Tulsa 97, Tulane 71: Tulsa opened C-USA play with a resounding 97-71 victory over Tulane in the league opener. Tulsa had all five starters score in double-figures as sophomore G Shaquille Harrison (Kansas City, Kan.) led the way with a career-high 23 points, while sophomore D'Andre Wright (Lawton, Okla.) scored 18 points, Lew Evans (Salt Lake City, Utah) 14, Tim Peete (Memphis, Tenn.) 12 and James Woodard (Edmond, Okla.) 11 points. Tulane had four players with double-digit points, including a career-high 17 by sophomore G Louis Dabney (New Orleans, La.). Freshman G Jonathan Stark (Munford, Tenn.) had 14, junior F Tre Drye (Baton Rouge, La.) chipped in 13 and Cameron Reynolds added a career-high 10 off the bench. The 26-point victory was the largest in the Danny Manning era for a Conference USA contest, beating the previous biggest margin of 15 points coming last year at Houston. It also marked the fourth time this season that Tulsa has gone over the 90-point barrier, the most for a Hurricane team since the 2001-02 season.
Saturday, January 11
Tulane at North Texas (CSS) - 1:00p
Charlotte at UTSA (TWTX) - 3:00p
UAB at Middle Tennessee (CSS) - 5:00p
Old Dominion at East Carolina (WITN) - 6:00p
FIU at Louisiana Tech - 7:00p
Florida Atlantic at Rice - 7:00p
Marshall at UTEP - 8:05p
Sunday, January 12
(RV) Southern Miss at Tulsa (FS1) - 12:00p
Conference USA games in Bold.
All times Central.
2013-14 C-USA Men's Basketball Fact Book
More information on your favorite team can also be found on the school web sites:
Charlotte | East Carolina | FIU | Florida Atlantic | Louisiana Tech | Marshall | Middle Tennessee
North Texas | Old Dominion | Rice | Southern Miss | Tulane | Tulsa | UAB | UTEP | UTSA