Louisiana Tech won its seventh game in a row and improved to 3-0 in C-USA with a 73-45 win at Tulane, while Old Dominion moved to 2-0 in C-USA by defeating host FIU, 52-36.
The Bulldogs are now 15-3 overall behind a pair of 14-point performances off the bench by Kenyon McNeail and Jaron Johnson. Southern Miss also moved to 15-3 and 2-1 in C-USA with an 84-62 victory against Rice. The Golden Eagles also improved to 7-0 at Reed Green Arena, where Southern Miss will host LA Tech Sunday, Jan. 19, at noon CT on FS1.
UAB improved to 10-0 at Bartow Arena and handed UTSA its first C-USA loss, 78-65. North Texas earned its first conference win, defeating Marshall by a score of 80-65. Charlotte hosted Tulsa in an overtime thriller, with the home team 49ers coming out on top, 90-86. Florida Atlantic won its second game in a row with a 78-67 victory over East Carolina.
UTEP snapped Middle Tennessee's 25-game home court win streak against conference foes with a 63-54 victory at the Murphy Center. The Miners are accustomed to playing spoiler as UTEP ended Memphis' NCAA mark for consecutive conference regular-season victories of 64 with a 72-67 defeat of the Tigers on Jan. 20, 2010.
Charlotte 90, Tulsa 86 (OT)
Florida Atlantic 78, East Carolina 67
Old Dominion 52, FIU 36
North Texas 80, Marshall 65
UTEP 63, Middle Tennessee 54
Southern Miss 84, Rice 62
UAB 78, UTSA 65
Louisiana Tech 73, Tulane 45
C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS
Louisiana Tech 73, Tulane 45: Louisiana Tech won its seventh game in a row and improved to 3-0 in C-USA with a 73-45 win at Tulane. Seniors Jaron Johnson (Tyler, Texas) and Kenyon McNeail (Conway, Ark.) each scored 14 points off the bench to lead the Bulldogs. The LA Tech defense held the Green Wave scoreless from beyond the arc. Tulane sophomore G Louis Dabney (New Orleans, La.) scored 11.
Charlotte 90, Tulsa 86 (OT): Charlotte scored the first five points of the extra period, and held on for a 90-86 overtime victory against visiting Tulsa. Six 49ers scored in double-figures, led by junior G Pierria Henry (Charleston, W.Va.) led the way with 18 points. Denzel Ingram (Chapel Hill, N.C.) added 17 points. Sophomores Shaquille Harrison (Kansas City, Mo.) and Rashad Ray (New Orleans, La.) scored career highs with 26 and 19 points, respectively. Harrison made 10-of-15 field goals, and added four assists and seven rebounds, while Ray went 7-of-9 from the field for the Golden Hurricane. Classmates James Woodard (Edmond, Okla.) scored 13 points, and Lew Evans (Salt Lake City, Utah) led TU with 11 rebounds.
Florida Atlantic 78, East Carolina 67: Florida Atlantic won its second straight C-USA game with a 78-67 victory against East Carolina. Sophomore G Jackson Trapp (Orlando, Fla.) led the Owls with 22 points, while freshman Marquan Botley (Plano, Texas) tossed in 16 of his 17 points in the second half. FAU went on an 11-2 run late in the second half to take the lead after trailing by as many as 11 in the first half. Senior G Akeem Richmond (Sanford, N.C.), the leading scorer in C-USA, paced the Pirates again with 20 points.
Old Dominion 52, FIU 36:Sophomore G Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Monarchs improved to 2-0 in C-USA play with a 52-36 win at FIU. ODU held the Monarchs to just 14 points in the first half. Junior G Dimitri Batten (Newport News, Va.) added 11 points and seven boards. Senior F Tymell Murphy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Panthers with 20 points, going 8-of-13 from the field and collecting a team-high six steals and three blocks.
North Texas 80, Marshall 65: North Texas used stifling defense and complete games from juniors Jordan Williams (Dallas, Texas) and Chris Jones (Garland, Texas) to pick up its first Conference USA win, 80-65, at Marshall. Jones was the catalyst with nine points and eight assists, many of which went to Williams, who finished with a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Junior F Colin Voss (Grand Rapids, Mich.) just missed his fourth double-double with 16 points and nine boards. The Marshall freshman duo of Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) and Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) combined for 48 of the Herd's points. Canty tossed in a game-high 26 points, while Taylor registered his fifth double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
UTEP 63, Middle Tennessee 54: Freshman F Vince Hunter (Detroit, Mich.) scored 20 points to lead UTEP in a 63-54 win over the Blue Raiders at the Murphy Center. The Miners won for the seventh time in eight games and ended Middle Tennessee's 25-game home winning streak over conference opponents. It was the Blue Raiders' first loss in a conference home game since Jan. 13, 2011. UTEP broke open a tie game (37-37) with a 13-3 run in the second half, with 12 blocked shots - eight in the second half. Hunter shot 10-for-13 from the field in scoring 20 points for the second consecutive game. He also had eight rebounds and four steals in 31 minutes. Reigning C-USA Player of the Week John Bohannon (Lancaster, Texas) came within one block of tying the school single-game record. He had seven rejections to go with his eight points and 11 rebounds. Middle Tennessee was led on the night by senior F Neiko Hunter (Eutaw, Ala.) with 13 points and eight rebounds. Senior F Shawn Jones (Hialeah, Fla.) was second on the team, putting up nine points to go along with six boards, while senior G Tweety Knight (Rentz, Ga.) recorded eight points and swiped six steals.
Southern Miss 84, Rice 62<: Five Golden Eagles scored in double-figures as Southern Miss defeated Rice, 84-62, to improve to 7-0 at Reed Green Coliseum. Senior Michael Craig (Phoenix, Ariz.) led all scorers with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists off the bench. Junior F Aaron Brown (Hackensack, N.J.) had 15 points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds. Senior G Neil Watson (Kansas City, Kan.) had 12 points and six assists and senior F Daveon Boardingham (Newark, N.J.) had 10 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five assists. Junior G Chip Armelin (Sulpher, La.) added 10 points. Rice sophomore Max Guercy (Arleta, Calif.) knocked down a career-high five three-pointers for 15 points and three assists for the Owls. As a team, Rice passed out 18 assists on 24 field goals. It was the second-straight game for the Owls to dish out 18 assists. Freshman Sean Obi (Kaduna, Nigeria) led Rice in rebounding for the 14th time this season with five boards, including four on the defensive glass. On his 19th birthday, Obi added nine points and swatted both of the team's blocks.
UAB 78, UTSA 65: Junior F C.J. Washington (Augusta, Ga.) scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to help UAB pull away from UTSA for a 78-65 win. The Blazers improved to 10-0 at Bartow Arena. Washington also grabbed 11 rebounds to register his sixth double-double of the season for the Blazers. Senior C Fahro Alihodzic (Vlasencia, Bosnia) scored 17 points, while senior Robert Williams (Greenville, Miss.) had 10 points and five assists. Senior F Jordan Sims (Tucson, Ariz.) led the Roadrunners, who suffered their first C-USA loss, with 14 points and a season-high seven rebounds. Senior Devon Agusi (Dallas, Texas) totaled 13 points and three assists, while junior G Keon Lewis (Seattle, Wash.) came off the bench to score 12 points. Facing the nation's top rebounding team, the Roadrunners won the battle of the boards, 47-42, and scored 25 second-chance points off 22 offensive rebounds.
UPCOMING GAMES Saturday, January 18
Tulsa at Marshall (CBS SN) - 11:00a
East Carolina at FIU - 4:00p
UTSA at Middle Tennessee - 5:00p
North Texas at Charlotte (TWTX) - 6:00p
Old Dominion at Florida Atlantic - 6:00p
Rice at Tulane - 7:00p
UTEP at UAB - 7:00p
Sunday, January 19
(RV) Louisiana Tech at (RV) Southern Miss (FS1) - 12:00p