Jan. 18, 2011
UAB and East Carolina tipped off the week, playing a Monday night make-up game of the Jan. 12 contest that was postponed due to the winter storms restricting travel. Both teams have a quick turnaround as two of nine C-USA teams in action Wednesday night.
The Pirates hit the road to face a UCF squad that has posted a perfect 10-0 record at home this season. UAB will also put its 8-0 mark at Bartow Arena on the line as host to SMU. Both games tip at 7 p.m. local time.
CBS College Sports will feature a 6 p.m. CST game between Tulsa and Houston. The Cougars have won its last two games, defeating a then-ranked UCF squad and picking up a road win at SMU. Like Houston, Tulsa is off to a 2-1 start in conference play, but will be looking for its first true road win of the season.
Southern Miss hosts Memphis for a 6 p.m. CST tip that will be regionally-televised on CSS. In non-conference action, Marshall will face No. 21 West Virginia in the annual Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in Charleston, W.Va.
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EAST CAROLINA (9-8, 1-2 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 19 at UCF - 7 p.m. ET
Pirate leading scorers, seniors Jontae Sherrod and Jamar Abrams, scored 16 points each but East Carolina dropped a 66-59 decision to UAB in a make-up contest. The game had originally been scheduled for Jan. 12, but was postponed due to winter storms prohibiting travel.
Sherrod scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Pirates to a 76-67 victory over Tulane on Jan. 15. ECU shot 61.9 percent from the field (13-of-21) in the second half of their first home game since Dec. 7. Junior F Darrius Morrow scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Sophomore G Erin Straughn grabbed four of his game-high nine rebounds in the final minute. East Carolina made 10-of-12 free throws in the final four minutes and held Tulane to 0-for-8 shooting from the field.
Senior PG Brock Young passed former Memphis standout Antonio Anderson on the C-USA career assists chart and currently ranks sixth with 540 for his career.
HOUSTON (10-6, 2-1 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 19 vs. Tulsa - 6 p.m. CT (CBS C)
Freshman F Alandise Harris powered Houston to a 70-68 road win against SMU on Saturday. Harris registered the second double-double of his young career with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The game went back-and-forth until senior G Adam Brown gave the Cougars the lead for good with a driving jumper with 1:40 left for a 67-66 advantage. Brown came off the bench to pour in 22 points, while junior G Darian Thibodeaux added a career-high 17 points, with a personal-best five treys.
Senior G Zamal Nixon and sophomore F Keith Van Slyke scored 17 apiece as the Cougars jumped out to an early lead and defeated No. 18 UCF, 76-71, on Jan. 8. UH raced out to a 24-8 lead midway through the first half and never trailed in the game on the way to its first home win against a nationally ranked team since December 2005.
Senior Maurice McNeil came off the bench to score 15 points and Harris added 14 points.
MARSHALL (12-4, 1-1 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 19 vs. West Virginia - 8 p.m. ET
Despite 15 points and a team-best nine rebounds from senior Tirrell Baines, Marshall dropped a 77-61 decision to host Memphis on Saturday. Freshman DeAndre Kane tossed in 16 points, while junior G Damier Pitts scored 14 points, hitting 5-of-5 free throws.
Baines became the 46th 1,000-point scorer in program history during a 71-57 victory over Savannah State on Jan. 10. Baines finished the night with eight points and nine rebounds. With 46 1,000-point scorers, the Marshall program is tied for ninth in the nation with West Virginia and Cincinnati. Kane led the way for Marshall with 18 points.
Marshall hit its first six shots of the game and never looked back to defeat Southern Miss, 95-65, Jan. 8. The Herd was led by 20-point performances from Johnny Thomas and Damier Pitts. Thomas recorded his first career double-double, grabbing 11 boards with his 20 points. Pitts was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line and dished out four assists. Kane finished the night with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
MEMPHIS (13-4, 2-1 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 19 at Southern Miss - 6 p.m. CT (CSS)
Senior F Will Coleman scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench to lead the Tigers to a 77-61 win over Marshall Saturday. It was Coleman's first double-double of the season and fourth of his career. Led by Coleman's 19 points, the Tiger bench accounted for 30 of Memphis' 77 points and outscored the Marshall bench, 30-8.
The Tigers shot 62 percent (17-of-27) and went on a 20-0 run in the first half to secure a lead and held on until the end.
Freshman F Tarik Black added 12 point and nine boards. Junior G Charles Carmouche and freshman Will Barton tossed in 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Freshman Joe Jackson and junior Wesley Witherspoon combined for 26 points, with an 11-of-17 performance from the field, but the Tigers lost on the road to SMU on Jan. 12.
RICE (8-10, 0-4 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 22 at UCF - 6 p.m. CT
Freshman David Chadwick led the Owls with 10 points, but Rice dropped a 66-43 decision to host UTEP on Saturday. C-USA leading rebounder and sophomore F Arsalan Kazemi grabbed 10 rebounds.
Junior G Connor Frizzelle came off the bench to score a team-high 21 points, including a three-pointer with 18 seconds to play to send the game into overtime, but the Owls dropped an 81-78 decision to Southern Miss on Wednesday. Sophomore Tamir Jackson scored 19 points.
Kazemi finished with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season, but Rice dropped a 75-64 decision to Tulsa on Jan. 8. He also scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but the Owls fell to Tulane, 85-81, on Jan. 5.
Kazemi is the only C-USA player averaging a double-double (16.6 ppg and 11.2 rpg.). His 11 double-doubles this season leads C-USA and ties as the sixth-most nationally.
SMU (10-7, 1-2)
Next Game: Jan. 19 at UAB - 7 p.m. CT
Senior F Papa Dia registered his 20th career double-double and seventh of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 70-68 loss to Houston Saturday. Dia also blocked a career-high seven shots. Junior F Robert Nyakundi added 22 points. It was the fifth time Dia and Nyakundi both scored 20+ points in the same game this season. Senior Collin Mangrum, in his first start, had 13 points, four boards and four assists.
Dia tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a 64-58 win over Memphis Jan. 12. Nyakundi and Mangrum scored 15 points. It was the second year in a row the Mustangs beat Memphis at Moody.
Shawn Williams, a 6-7, 225-lb. forward from Dallas, has enrolled at SMU. He transfers from Texas, where he played in seven of the Longhorns' first eight games in 2009-10 before being sidelined with an ankle injury. He will become eligible when grades are posted at the end of the Fall 2011 semester and have three years of eligibility. He was ranked the No. 46 prospect nationally and No. 2 in the state coming out of high school.
SOUTHERN MISS (14-3, 3-1 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 19 vs. Memphis - 6 p.m. CT (CSS)
Southern Miss used an incredible second-half performance to post an 86-69 victory over No. 22 UCF Saturday and remain a perfect 8-0 at Reed Green Coliseum. The Golden Eagles used a 21-2 run midway through the second half and shot 62.1 percent to outscore UCF, 50-34.
Four Southern Miss players finished with double-digits in scoring, led by senior R.L. Horton with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Freshman D.J. Newbill finished with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and a team-best nine rebounds. Senior F Gary Flowers totaled 16 points and eight boards, while junior G Maurice Bolden came off the bench to also score 16. The first half featured eight ties and nine lead changes. Neither squad led by more than five points in the opening stanza.
Flowers, C-USA's leading scorer (21.1 ppg), recorded his 14th career double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Golden Eagles defeated Houston, 85-73, Jan. 5.
TULANE (12-5, 2-2)
Next Game: Jan. 22 vs. Tulsa - 2 p.m. CT (Cox)
Sophomore G Jordan Callahan led Tulane with a career-high-tying 22 points, scoring 16 in the second half, but the Green Wave dropped a 76-67 decision at East Carolina Saturday. Senior F David Booker had 19 and sophomore G/F Kendall Timmons scored 10 points to reach double figures for the 15th consecutive game.
Tulane had its six-game win streak snapped and suffered its first loss at Fogelman Arena this season, as UTEP stopped the Green Wave, 69-58, on Jan. 12. Timmons paced the Green Wave with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Callahan added 12 points.
Tulane won its sixth game in a row with a 79-70 win over SMU on Jan. 8. Timmons scored a game-high 26 points. Senior G Kris Richard tossed in 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
As a team, Tulane hit 20-of-21 free throws against SMU for the fifth-best performance in school history.
TULSA (9-8, 2-1 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 19 at Houston - 6 p.m. CT
Senior G Justin Hurtt scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as the Golden Hurricane handed UAB its first conference loss by a score of 78-62. As a team, TU shot a season-best 53.8 percent from the field. Junior F Steven Idlet added 16 points and five rebounds, while sophomore G Scottie Haralson chipped in 14 points.
Redshirt freshman C Kodi Maduka also contributed career-highs of nine points and seven rebounds in just 15 minutes off the bench.
Hurtt also scored a team-high 17 points in the Golden Hurricane's 69-59 road loss to Arizona State on Jan. 12. Idlet and Haralson each added 11 points. Sophomore F/G Bryson Pope grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and added seven points.
New Jersey Nets rookie and former TU basketball standout Ben Uzoh made a surprise visit to the Tulsa team hotel the night before the ASU game in Tempe, Ariz. Uzoh's Nets played the Phoenix Suns on that same Wednesday night.
UAB (12-4, 2-1 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 19 vs. SMU - 7 p.m. CT
Senior G Jamarr Sanders tossed in 26 points to lead the Blazers to a 66-59 win at East Carolina on Monday night. Junior F Cameron Moore contributed 16 points and six rebounds in the victory.
Sanders also scored a game-high 22 points in the Blazers' 78-62 loss at Tulsa on Saturday. Freshman G Preston Purifoy came off the bench to score 13 points, while Moore added 11 points.
In a triple overtime thriller, Moore hit the final three-pointer with two seconds on the clock to give the Blazers a 100-97 victory over UTEP in Birmingham on Jan. 8. Moore led the Blazers with 29 points, including 15 after regulation, and 14 boards for his eighth double-double of the season. It was UAB's first triple overtime game since 1995.
Senior G Aaron Johnson added season-highs of 26 points and seven rebounds against UTEP. He also tallied a career-high 14 assists, tying the school record.
UCF (14-2, 1-2 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 19 vs. East Carolina - 7 p.m. ET
The Knights suffered their first loss of the season, snapping a 14-game win streak, dropping a 76-71 decision at Houston on on Jan. 8, then fell on the road to Southern Miss, 86-69, Saturday.
Sophomore G Marcus Jordan led the Knights with 20 points, and classmate Keith Clanton added 14 points and seven boards. Clanton also scored a team-best 13 points, 11 from the free-throw line, and grabbed nine rebounds against the Cougars.
UCF defeated Marshall, 65-58, in the conference opener on Jan. 5. Jordan led the Knights with 26 points, 18 in the second half, and six rebounds. Clanton added 14 points and eight boards, while junior G Isaac Sosa chipped in with 13 points off the bench with three triples.
The game was played in front of 9,094 fans, the third-largest crowd in UCF history. UCF matched the longest win streak (14) at the school since the Knights moved to Division I in 1984.
UTEP (15-4, 3-1 C-USA)
Next Game: Jan. 22 at Houston - 6 p.m. MT
Senior PG Julyan Stone broke the Conference USA career assists record in the Miners' 66-43 win over Rice Saturday night. Stone was credited with five assists and now has 633 helpers for his career. He also added four points and 10 rebounds.
Senior Jeremy Williams scored a team-high 14 points, while classmates Randy Culpepper and Christian Polk chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively. It was the Miners' 12th-straight home victory.
Culpepper scored 22 of his game-high 26 points in the first half to lead the Miners to a 69-58 win at Tulane on Jan. 12. Three others scored in double-figures for UTEP: Williams with 13 points, Claude Britten added 12 and Polk chipped in 10 points.
Polk and Culpepper sent the Jan. 8 game at UAB into the first and second overtimes, respectively, with dramatic three-pointers at the buzzer before the Blazers won 100-97 in triple OT.