Jan. 18 C-USA Men's Basketball Recap

Go C-USA! C.J. Cooper
Go C-USA!
C.J. Cooper
Go C-USA!

Jan. 18, 2014

Old Dominion improved to 3-0 in C-USA, winning all three on the road, following Saturday's 65-60 victory at Florida Atlantic. Sophomore Keenan Palmore led the Monarchs, who were without leading scorer Aaron Bacote due to an ankle injury, with 15 points.

That game was one of four games decided by five or fewer points on the night. FIU's Rakeem Buckles registered his eighth double-double as the Panthers earned their first C-USA home win. Charlotte's Terrence Williams scored the game-winner on a slam dunk for the 49ers in a 76-74 victory against North Texas. UTEP won its third game in a row and snapped UAB's 10-game home court win streak with a 63-61 decision. The Miners also ended Middle Tennessee's 25-game home court win streak against conference foes during this road trip.

The Blue Raiders started a new streak with an 80-58 win against visiting UTSA. Tulane also won in front of its home crowd with a 58-41 defeat of Rice. Tulsa had a strong second half to come from behind and defeat host Marshall, 69-52, in a matinee on CBS Sports Network.

Louisiana Tech will ride its seven-game win streak into Hattiesburg Sunday for a noon Central tip against Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles are 7-0 at Reed Green Arena and both teams are 15-3 on the season. The game will be televised on FS1.

Complete C-USA Standings and Results

C-USA Statistics

SATURDAY'S RESULTS
Tulsa 69, Marshall 52
FIU 68, East Carolina 64
Middle Tennessee 80, UTSA 58
Charlotte 76, North Texas 74
Old Dominion 65, Florida Atlantic 60
Tulane 58, Rice 41
UTEP 63, UAB 61

C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS

  • Tulsa 69, Marshall 52: Sophomores James Woodard (Edmond, Okla.) and Rashad Ray (New Orleans, La.) fueled a second-half run to lead Tulsa to a 69-52 C-USA victory at Marshall. Woodard scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, while Ray tossed in 11 of his 13 to spark the Hurricane as it outscored the Thundering Herd, 49-27, in the second period. Sophomore F Brandon Swannegan (Houston, Texas) added a career-high 10 points for the Golden Hurricane, which picked up its first road win of the season. After scoring 20 points in the first half and shooting just 25 percent from the field, Tulsa shot 62 percent from the field, making 5-of-7 3-pointers and 12-of-14 free throws in the second half. Sophomore G Chris Thomas (Denver, Colo.) scored 14 points for the Herd, and freshman Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) contributed 12 points and nine assists to lead the Thundering Herd.

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  • FIU 68, East Carolina 64: FIU senior Rakeem Buckles (Miami, Fla.) registered his conference-best eighth double-double as the Panthers defeated East Carolina, 68-64. Buckles scored 18 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, along with four steals and a block. Classmate Tymell Murphy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also tossed in 18 points as FIU earned its first home conference win. Paris Roberts-Campbell led the Pirates with 15 points and dished out a career-high seven assists.
  • Middle Tennessee 80, UTSA 58:Middle Tennessee opened the game on a 16-3 run and never trailed in an 80-58 win over UTSA at the Murphy Center, where MT improved to 25-2 at home in their last 27 home games. All 14 Blue Raiders saw action in the game, led by senior Kerry Hammonds II (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) with a game-high 19 points for the Blue Raiders. Junior G Marcus Tarrance (Memphis, Tenn.) came off the bench to add 16 points, while freshman F Reggie Upshaw Jr. (Chattanooga, Tenn.) finished with 12 points. Senior G Devon Agusi (Dallas, Texas) led the Roadrunners with 18 points for his sixth consecutive game in double-figures. Junior C Kaj-Björn Sherman (Mercer Island, Wash.) added 12 points, while senior Jordan Sims (Tucson, Ariz.) chipped in 11 points.
  • Charlotte 76, North Texas 74: Junior G Terrence Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) made a game-winning dunk at the buzzer and Charlotte defeated North Texas, 76-74. Williams scored twice in the final 42 seconds and led the 49ers with 16 points. Williams also scored on a buzzer-beating tip-in when Charlotte defeated then-No. 13 Michigan on Nov. 24. Junior G Pierria Henry (Charleston, W.Va.) contributed 14 points and eight assists, while sophomore F Willie Clayton (Thomasville, Ga.) registered his eighth double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. North Texas senior G Brandan Walton (Compton, Calif.) led the Mean Green with 13 points.
  • Old Dominion 65, Florida Atlantic 60: Old Dominion improved to 3-0 in conference play with a 65-60 road win at Florida Atlantic. ODU was down by 10 in the second half before regaining a lead with 4:52 remaining and holding on for the win. Sophomore G Keenan Palmore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) scored 15, freshman F Denzell Taylor (Brampton, Ontario) added 14 and redshirt freshman Ambrose Mosley (Jacksonville, Fla.) hit four free throws down the stretch. The Monarchs were without leading scorer Aaron Bacote (Hampton, Va.), who suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's game at FIU. Palmore has averaged a conference-best 18.3 ppg in the Monarchs' three C-USA contests. FAU junior C Justin Raffington (Freiburg, Germany) recorded his seventh double-double of the season and fourth in conference play with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Pablo Bertone (Arroyito, Argentina) added 14 points and freshman Marquan Botley (Plano, Texas) scored 12.
  • Tulane 58, Rice 41: A solid defensive effort lifted the Green Wave over visiting Rice, 58-41. Tulane held the Owls to a season-low point total of 41, a season-low shooting percentage of 28.3 and a season-worst 16.7 percent from three-point range. The Green Wave defense also forced Rice into 16 turnovers and collected 10 steals. Tulane dropped nine long range shots against Rice, including four from junior G Jay Hook (Waco, Texas), who was the leading scorer with 17 points. Sophomore Louis Dabney (New Orleans, La.) added 12. Reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week Jonathan Stark (Munford, Tenn.) finished with a career-low two points, but dished out eight assists and had only one turnover in 35 minutes on the court. Rice freshman Sean Obi (Kaduna, Nigeria) registered his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
  • UTEP 63, UAB 61: UTEP won its third game in a row and snapped UAB's 10-game home court win streak with a 63-61 decision. Junior G C.J. Cooper (Chino, Calif.) hit the game-winning 3-pointer and tossed in 17 for the Miners. Freshman F Vince Hunter (Detroit, Mich.) scored 18 points. Senior C John Bohannon (Lancaster, Texas) contributed 11 points and eight rebounds and continues to average a double-double against C-USA foes this season. Senior Rod Rucker (Elberton, Ga.) led the Blazers with 17 points and six rebounds. UAB edged the Miners in rebounds, 33-32 - the total marked the 14th time in 17 games UAB has outrebounded its opponent.

UPCOMING GAMES
Sunday, January 19
(RV) Louisiana Tech at (RV) Southern Miss (FS1) - 12:00p

Tuesday, January 21
Harvard at Florida Atlantic - 6:00p

Thursday, January 23
Tulane at East Carolina - 6:00p
Southern Miss at Old Dominion - 6:00p
Charlotte at Louisiana Tech - 6:30p
Marshall at Rice - 7:00p
UAB at North Texas - 7:00p
Middle Tennessee at Tulsa (FS1) - 7:05p

Conference USA games in Bold.
All times Central.

2013-14 C-USA Men's Basketball Fact Book

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Charlotte | East Carolina | FIU | Florida Atlantic | Louisiana Tech | Marshall | Middle Tennessee
North Texas | Old Dominion | Rice | Southern Miss | Tulane | Tulsa | UAB | UTEP | UTSA

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