Southern Miss improved to 4-0 in league play with a 74-59 victory over UAB. It was the Golden Eagles' 22nd straight win at home and school record 10th conference win at home in a row. UCF picked up a dramatic win on the road, knocking off Houston in overtime, 79-75. Marshall, Tulane and UTEP were victorious in league games at home. Memphis and Rice stepped out of conference play Saturday. The Tigers won its eighth straight game by defeating Harvard, 60-50. The Owls had their best offensive performance of the season in a 95-71 victory against New Orleans.
Memphis 60, Harvard 50 Tulane 75, Tulsa 72
UTEP 63, SMU 54
UCF 79, Houston 75 (OT)
Southern Miss 74, UAB 59
Marshall 77, East Carolina 56
Rice 95, New Orleans 71
C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS
Southern Miss 74, UAB 59: Four Southern Miss players scored in double-figures as the Golden Eagles defeated UAB, 74-59, Saturday in Reed Green Coliseum. The Golden Eagles improved to 15-4 overall and 4-0 in C-USA, and was their seventh straight win and the 22nd straight home win. It also set a school record with their 10th straight conference home win. Junior G Cedric Jenkins (LaPlace, La.) led the Golden Eagles with 13 points and three steals. Junior F Dwayne Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.) had 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Junior G Neil Watson (Kansas City, Kan.) scored 11 points and had four steals and senior F Jonathan Mills (Chicago, Ill.) added 10 points. UAB senior G Terence Jones (Baltimore, Md.) led all scorers with 15 points and junior G Robert Williams (Greenville, Miss.) added 12 for the Blazers.
UTEP 63, SMU 54: UTEP senior G Jacques Streeter (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored 17 of his 18 points in the first half, making all five of his three point attempts, to lead the Miners to a 63-54 win over SMU. UTEP has won 18 of the last 20 games between the state rivals and the last 10 times in El Paso. Konner Tucker (Fort Worth, Texas) scored 12 points, but his streak of consecutive free throws made ended at 27 - the longest streak by a UTEP player since Brandon Wolfram made 34 in a row more than a decade ago. Junior F Shawn Williams (Duncanville, Texas) led the Mustangs with 16 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore G Jalen Jones (Dallas, Texas) added 15 points.
UCF 79, Houston 75 (OT): UCF nearly won tonight's game with a buzzer beater at the end of regulation, but the Knights held on for a 79-75 overtime victory at Houston. Junior Isaiah Sykes (Detroit, Mich.) scored a game-high 22 points to go with nine rebounds. Senior F Keith Clanton (Orlando, Fla.) finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in a career-high 43 minutes. UCF also received a big game from junior G Calvin Newell (Philadelphia, Pa.), who scored 13 of his 15 points after intermission. In regulation, junior F Tristan Spurlock (Woodbridge, Va.) drained a deep 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded in regulation and was mobbed by teammates who believed the Knights had a 75-72 win. Officials reviewed the play and declared that the shot left Spurlock's hand too late to send the game into overtime. The Cougars were led by a pair of double-double performances from freshman Danuel House (Sugar Land, Texas), who had 15 points and 11 boards, and 11 points and 13 rebounds from sophomore TaShawn Thomas (Killeen, Texas).
Marshall 77, East Carolina 56: A game-high 22 points and eight assists by junior G DeAndre Kane (Pittsburgh, Pa.) paced Marshall to a 77-56 win over East Carolina. In front of the largest crowd of the season (6,056), Marshall extended its all-time series lead against ECU to 13-6, including 9-1 in Huntington. Marshall held ECU, which entered the game averaging a conference-best 78.8 points per game, without a basket for the first 6:49 as Marshall jetted out to a 12-0 lead. Marshall forced 18 East Carolina turnovers and scored 24 of its points off the effort. ECU was led by junior F Robert Sampson (Atlanta, Ga.) who finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds. Senior PG Miguel Paul (Winter Haven, Fla.) was held to 4-of-14 shooting, but was 8-of-9 from the free throw line for a team-high 17 points..
Tulane 75, Tulsa 72: Tulane sophomore Ricky Tarrant (Pleasant Grove, Ala.) and junior Josh Davis (Raleigh, N.C.) combined for four three throws in the final 39 seconds and the Green Wave held off Tulsa for its first C-USA victory, 75-72. The win for the Green Wave was its first over the Golden Hurricane since Jan. 21, 2009, when Tulane outlasted Tulsa at home, 76-75, in overtime. Davis flirted with a triple double, finishing with 19 points, a game-high 11 rebounds and dishing out a game-best eight assists in 36 minutes. Tarrant was steady as usual with 21 points behind four 3-pointers and a 7-of-8 effort from the three-throw line. Along with Davis and Tarrant, senior Kendall Timmons (Fort Worth, Texas) added 12 points to give the Wave three players in double figures. Tulsa was led by freshman James Woodard (Edmond, Okla.) with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Pat Swilling, Jr. (New Orleans, La.) finished with 13 points.
Memphis 60, Harvard 50: Memphis extended its win streak to eight games with a 60-50 victory over Harvard in non-conference play. The Tigers built as much as a 20-point lead in the first minute of the second half. For the game, junior Chris Crawford (Memphis, Tenn.) came off the bench to lead Memphis with 13 points, while Joe Jackson (Memphis, Tenn.) hit double figures for the 13th-straight game with 10 points. Senior D.J. Stephens (Killeen, Texas) scored 10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots. Memphis held the Crimson, the nation's third-best three-point shooting team, to 25 percent (4-16) from behind the arc on the day.
Rice 95, New Orleans 71: Senior G Tamir Jackson (Paterson, N.J.) scored 24 points to lead Rice to a 95-71 win against New Orleans. Jackson moved into the program's top 10 in career scoring leaders as he shot 11-of-16 from the field with three rebounds and two of the team's 20 assists. He entered the game 19 points away from Robert Johnson's 1,413 career points, but blew past the mark midway through the second half. Sophomore Julian DeBose (Washington, D.C.) set a career high in scoring with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting to accompany eight rebounds and four steals. He combined with Jackson to score Rice's first 13 points of the second half. Freshman G Max Guercy (Arleta, Calif.) also put together a well-rounded game with 18 points and season highs of six assists and five steals. Sophomore F Seth Gearhart (Wilsonville, Ore.) matched his career high of 15 points with a 6-of-8 shooting mark to accompany two blocks and a pair of rebounds.
UPCOMING GAMES Tuesday, January 22
Tulane at Memphis (SportSouth) - 7:00p
Wednesday, January 23
Marshall at Southern Miss (CSS) - 6:00p
Rice at UCF (C-USADN) - 6:00p
East Carolina at UAB (C-USADN) - 7:00p
Tulsa at Houston (C-USADN) - 7:00p
Saturday, January 26
Marshall at Memphis (FSN) - 1:00p
Rice at Tulane (CSS) - 1:00p
SMU at UCF (C-USADN) - 3:00p
Southern Miss at Tulsa (C-USADN) - 3:05p
UAB at Houston (C-USADN) - 5:00p
UTEP at East Carolina (C-USADN) - 6:00p