Jan. 26, 2011
There were several tight conference games Wednesday night, including an overtime contest as Rice defeated crosstown rival Houston, 79-71.
Memphis and UTEP remained atop the C-USA standings with wins over UCF and Tulane, respectively. Reigning Freshman of the Week Will Barton led the Tigers with 17 points and six rebounds. The Miners swept their two-game series with Tulane.
UAB sits one game behind them in third place following a 60-56 victory against Marshall. Eleven different players scoring in double figures as Southern Miss defeated East Carolina, 84-77. SMU picked up a 59-58 win at Tulsa.
Complete C-USA Standings and Results
Southern Miss 84, East Carolina 77
UAB 60, Marshall 56
Memphis 77, UCF 61
SMU 59, Tulsa 58
Rice 79, Houston 71 (OT)
UTEP 69, Tulane 65
Conference Games in Bold.
C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS
Memphis freshmen Will Barton (Baltimore, Md.) scored a game-high 17 points as the Tigers won their third game in a row with a 77-61 victory over UCF. Barton, the reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week, also grabbed six rebounds. Classmate Joe Jackson (Memphis, Tenn.) added 12 points and senior Will Coleman (Columbus, Ga.) and freshman G Chris Crawford (Memphis, Tenn.) came off the bench to chip in 10 points apiece. With the victory, head coach Josh Pastner reached 40 victories at Memphis in 54 games, tying him for second-fastest all-time with Wayne Yates (1975-76) and only one game behind Bob Vanatta (1957-59).
Sophomore Marcus Jordan (Chicago, Ill.) scored 11 points to lead the Knights.
UTEP won its fourth-straight with a 69-65 victory over Tulane. Senior Christian Polk (Glendale, Ariz.) scored a team-high 16 points. Freshman John Bohannon (Lancaster, Texas) came off the bench for 11 points, as did Gabe McCulley (Memphis, Tenn.) with 10 points. Senior G Randy Culpepper (Memphis, Tenn.) also added 10 points. Senior G Julyan Stone (Goleta, Calif.) grabbed 10 rebounds and the C-USA career assists record holder also assisted on seven baskets.
Tulane sophomore Kendall Timmons
(Fort Worth, Texas) registered his seventh double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
UAB senior PG Aaron Johnson (Chicago, Ill.) scored 19 points and the Blazers overcame a 10-point deficit late in the second half to defeat Marshall, 60-56. After UAB rallied from nine points down in the first half to tie it at 21, Marshall went on a 9-4 run for a 30-26 halftime lead. Senior Jamarr Sanders (Mongomery, Ala.) scored 15 points, junior F Cameron Moore (San Antonio, Texas) had nine points and 12 rebounds and sophomore Ovie Soko (London, England) added 10 boards for UAB.
Junior F Dago Pena (Punta Gorda, Fla.) had 14 points and freshman DeAndre Kane (Pittsburgh, Pa.) chipped in 13 to pace the Thundering Herd.
Southern Miss got its most balanced game of the season, placing six players in double-figures in an 84-77 victory over East Carolina. Eleven different players scored at least 10 points in the game. Senior Gary Flowers (Dallas, Texas) led the Eagles with 17 points and eight rebounds. Senior G Sai'Quon Stone (Brookyn, N.Y.) had 13 points, including 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. Freshman D.J. Newbill (Philadelphia, Pa.) had 13 points and eight rebounds. Senior G R.L. Horton (Jackson, Miss.) and junior G Maurice Bolden (Jackson, Miss.) each had 11 points. Junior Angelo Johnson (Minneapolis, Minn.) added 10 points and five assists. Stone gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good with a three-point play with 7:58 to play. The Black and Gold shot 55.1-percent (27-of-49) from the field, and was 6-of-11 from three-point range.
East Carolina junior F Darrius Morrow (Atlanta, Ga.) led all scorers with 18 points. Senior G Jontae Sherrod (Tarboro, N.C.) had 16 points ECU. Senior Brock Young (Raleigh, N.C.) and Corvonn Gaines (Madison, Wis.) scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, and Jamar Abrams (Richmond, Va.) added 10.
SMU junior Robert Nyakundi hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1.1 seconds left as SMU stunned Tulsa, 59-58.The open 3-pointer was the only basket the Mustangs scored in the final 8:20. Senior Papa Dia (St. Louis, Senegal), the reigning C-USA Co-Player of the Week, scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead SMU while freshman G Jeremiah Samarrippas (Bartow, Fla.) scored 13 points and Nyakundi finished with 10. Dia also had six blocks to tie the Reynolds Center record by an opponent, which was set by former Mustang Bamba Fall on Feb. 22, 2006. The win snapped a 10-game winning streak for Tulsa against the Mustangs and was the first victory for SMU coach Matt Doherty against his former assistant Doug Wojcik, who coached for Doherty at Notre Dame and North Carolina.
Senior G Justin Hurtt (Raytown, Mo.) made a conventional 3-point play with 8.8 seconds left to put Tulsa ahead 58-56. Hurtt scored a game-high 27 points and moved back into first place on the C-USA scoring chart. Sophomore G/F Bryson Pope (Jenks, Okla.) tallied 12 points and seven assists. Sophomore Scottie Haralson (Jackson, Miss.) added 11 points and five assists. Junior F Steven Idlet (Prairie Grove, Ark.) was TU's top rebounded with eight boards.
Rice junior G Connor Frizzelle (Red Oak, Texas) led the Owls for the second-straight game with 18 points off the bench as the Owls defeated Houston in overtime, 79-71. Sphomore F Arsalan Kazemi (Esfahan, Iran) recorded 17 points and 13 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season and 22nd of his career.
Houston senior G Zamal Nixon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored a team-high 15 points, while classmate Adam Brown (San Antonio, Texas) contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
C-USA UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, January 29
SMU at Rice - 2:00p
Tulane at Southern Miss - 4:00p
Houston at East Carolina (CSS/WITN) - 5:00p
Memphis at Marshall - 6:00p
UAB at UCF (BHSN/CSS) - 6:00p
UTEP at Tulsa (CBS C) - 7:05p
All times Central.
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East Carolina | Houston | Marshall | Memphis | Rice | SMU | Southern Miss | Tulane | Tulsa | UAB | UCF | UTEP