Tulsa extended its win streak to seven games with a 79-70 victory over Marshall to move the Golden Hurricane into second place in the C-USA standings. With the win, TU head coach Doug Wojcik ties Clarence Iba as the school's all-time winningest coach. East Carolina picked up its third win in a row by outscoring Rice, 82-68. UAB won its third-straight game on the road, edging UTEP 61-60. UCF earned its first win in four tries at Moody Coliseum, defeating SMU by a score of 59-52. Tulane freshman Ricky Tarrant led the Green Wave again with a game-high 21 points in a 75-54 victory over Houston. Memphis stepped out of conference play and defeated Xavier 72-68, at FedExForum. The Tigers were down by 11 points before going on a 17-1 and eventually securing the win.
Memphis 72, Xavier 68: Memphis used a 17-1 run over a six-minute span at the end of the game to defeat Xavier, 72-68, in a non-conference game to improve to 16-7 overall. Sophomore Joe Jackson (Memphis, Tenn.) finished the game with a team-high 14 points, including a perfect 12-for-12 from the charity stripe, and tied a career-high with eight assists. Senior F/G Wesley Witherspoon (Atlanta, Ga.) scored 12 points, all in the second half, to give Memphis the added spark it needed when he came off the bench after Xavier scored nine-straight points to start the second half. Sophomore Tarik Black (Memphis, Tenn.) narrowly missed a double-double, posting 13 points and nine rebounds and scored seven of the first nine points in the game for Memphis. Classmate Will Barton (Baltimore, Md.) added 13 points and five rebounds. The game drew 17,097 fans to FedExForum.
Tulsa 79, Marshall 70: Tulsa won its seventh game in a row, defeating Marshall 79-70. With the win, Tulsa head coach Doug Wojcik earned his 137 career victory to tie Clarence Iba as the winningest men's basketball coach in school history. Sophomore Jordan Clarkson (San Antonio, Texas) led the Golden Hurricane with 21 points. Senior Steven Idlet (Prairie Grove, Ark.) and sophomore G Tim Peete (Memphis, Tenn.) came off the bench to score 16 and 14 points, respectively. Idlet was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Sophomore DeAndre Kane (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the Herd with 21 points and six rebounds. Senior G Damier Pitts (Charlotte, N.C.) also scored 21 points, and junior F Dennis Tinnon (Green Bay, Wis.) added 12 points and nine rebounds.
UCF 59, SMU 52: For the first time in four tries, UCF defeated SMU at Moody Coliseum, 59-52. Junior Marcus Jordan (Chicago, Ill.) scored a game-high 17 points, while sophomores Isaiah Sykes (Detroit, Mich.) and Tristan Spurlock (Woodbridge, Va.) tallied 15 points apiece. Sykes was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and also grabbed eight rebounds. The Mustangs were led by freshman Jalen Jones (Dallas, Texas), who tied his career-high with 16 points, and senior F Robert Nyakundi (Arlington, Texas) with 15.
East Carolina 82, Rice 68: Senior F Darrius Morrow (Atlanta, Ga.) scored 16 points and junior F Maurice Kemp (Miami, Fla.) had a double-double to help East Carolina to its third-straight win with an 82-68 victory over Rice. Kemp finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, five offensive. Junior G Miguel Paul (Winter Haven, Fla.) also had 14 points with a game-high six assists, while junior G Corvonn Gaines (Madison, Wis.) and freshman G Paris Roberts-Campbell (Charlotte, N.C.) each had 13 points. Rice freshman G Dylan Ennis (Brampton, Ontario) scored a game-high 21 points and junior G Tamir Jackson (Paterson, N.J.) added 17. East Carolina outrebounded Rice, 39-29, and owned a 36-26 edge in points in the paint.
UAB 61, UAB 60: Sophomore F Jordan Swing (Birmingham, Ala.) scored 19 points and sophomore G Preston Purifoy (Conway, Ark.) hit a go-ahead jumper with 51 seconds remaining as UAB edged UTEP, 61-60. It was UAB's third-straight road win. Senior Cameron Moore (San Antonio, Texas) registered his ninth double-double of the season, and 23rd of his career, with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Moore also blocked six shots in the game. UTEP got 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks from sophomore John Bohannon (Lancaster, Texas). Freshman F/G Julian Washburn (Duncanville, Texas) tossed in 16 points for the third game in a row.
Tulane 75, Houston 54: The Green Wave was led by freshman G Ricky Tarrant (Pleasant Grove, Ala.) with 21 points in a 75-54 victory over Houston. Tarrant has scored in double figures in 18 games this season.
Junior G Jordan Callahan (Marietta, Ga.) added 17 points and sophomore Josh Davis (Raleigh, N.C.) registered his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Houston redshirt freshman Joseph Young (Houston, Texas) came off the bench to lead the Cougars with 17 points. Freshman F TaShawn Thomas (Killeen, Texas) scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
C-USA UPCOMING GAMES Wednesday, February 8
Memphis at East Carolina (CSS) - 6:00p
Marshall at UCF (BHSN) - 6:00p
Rice at Houston (FSN) - 7:00p
(RV) Southern Miss at UAB - 7:00p
TCU at SMU - 7:00p Tulsa at UTEP (CBSSN) - 8:00p