Feb. 6, 2013
Memphis improved to 8-0 in Conference USA play with a 60-52 road win at SMU. Host UCF handed Southern Miss its first conference loss of the season, edging the Golden Eagles, 60-58. The Knights and UTEP are tied for third place in the C-USA standings at the midpoint of the conference schedule. The Miners tied its season-highs with 10 three-pointers and 21 assists in a 65-53 win over Rice. Tulane also reached a season-high and posted its best offensive performance since November 2011 with a 91-75 victory against Marshall. UAB won its second game in its last three outings, outscoring host Tulsa 70-63.
Complete C-USA Standings and Results
C-USA Season Statistics
UCF 60, (RV) Southern Miss 58
(RV) Memphis 60, SMU 52
Tulane 91, Marshall 75
UAB 70, Tulsa 63
UTEP 65, Rice 53
C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS
- (RV) Memphis 60, SMU 52: Junior G Geron Johnson (Dayton, Ohio) scored 19 points to lead the Tigers to their 13th-straight win with a 60-52 victory against SMU. Johnson set a career-high in three-point field goals made with five. Sophomore Adonis Thomas (Memphis, Tenn.) also reached double figures for Memphis with 14 points, going 7-of-8 from the free throw line, and nine rebounds. Junior G Nick Russell (Duncanville, Texas) led the Mustangs with 17 points and sophomore Jalen Jones (Dallas, Texas) added 13 points and 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.
- UCF 60, Southern Miss 58: Southern Miss junior G Neil Watson (Kansas City, Kan.) attempted a 3-pointer as time expired, but it rimmed out and the Golden Eagles fell to host UCF, 60-58. The Knights handed Southern Miss its first conference loss of the season and snapped its 10-game win streak. Junior F Tristan Spurlock (Woodbridge, Va.) led the Knights with a game-high 18 points and Sykes added 12 points. Senior F Keith Clanton (Orlando, Fla.) finished with seven blocks and nine boards. The senior is now tied for first on the UCF career rebounds chart with 942. UCF held the Golden Eagles to just one field goal in the final 10 minutes of the contest. Southern Miss was led by senior F Jonathan Mills (Chicago, Ill.) with 15 points.
- UTEP 65, Rice 53: Sophomore G C.J. Cooper (LaVerne, Calif.) connected on a career-high four three point field goals, and UTEP tied its season high with 10 trifectas in a 65-53 win over Rice at the Don Haskins Center. With 14 points, all scored in the second half, Cooper reached double figures for the first time this season and for the fourth time in a Miner uniform, shooting 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. The Miners knocked down 10-of-19 triples for the second time in three games in reaching the midway point of the Conference USA schedule with a 6-2 mark in league play. The Miners enjoyed their third-best shooting night of the season (51.1 percent) while tying a season-high with 21 assists. Rice senior Tamir Jackson (Paterson, N.J.) led the Owls with 12 points.
- Tulane 91, Marshall 75: A first-half offensive explosion lifted Tulane to a 91-75 victory over visiting Marshall. The Green Wave poured in 59 points in the opening 20 minutes and led the Thundering Herd by 24 at the break. The 91 points was its highest since November 2011. Junior F Josh Davis (Raleigh, N.C.) led Tulane with his conference-best 12th double-double of the season with a game-high 23 points to go with 12 rebounds. Sophomore G Ricky Tarrant (Pleasant Grove, Ala.) added 19 points and missed a double-double by one assist after dishing out a career-high nine. Senior G Kendall Timmons (Fort Worth, Texas) chipped in 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and collected a career-best five steals. Freshman G Kajon Mack (Gardena, Calif.) scored a career-high eight points in his first career start. Junior Elijah Pittman (Covington, Ky.) led Marshall with 23 points, while junior G DeAndre Kane (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and senior Dennis Tinnon (Green Bay, Wis.) each posted a double-double for the Herd. Kane had 14 points and 11 assists, while Tinnon scored 13 points and pulled down 12 boards.
- UAB 70, Tulsa 63: Utilizing a 30-4 run in the early part of the first half, UAB knocked off host Tulsa, 70-63. The Golden Hurricane shrunk the Blazers lead to as small as four, 56-52, with 9:04 left, but a Quincy Taylor (Wichita, Kan.) layup put the UAB back up 10 with just under three minutes to go to help secure the team's first league road victory of the season. Junior F Rod Rucker (Elberton, Ga.) topped the Blazers with 17 points off 7-of-10 shooting and added six rebounds. Taylor shined in his first start of the season, netting 14 points and dished out a season-high six assists. Jones came off the bench to chip in 13 points, 11 coming in the first half. Freshman G Rashad Ray (New Orleans, La.) paced the Golden Hurricane offense with a team-high 17 points.
Saturday, February 9
Tulane at Houston (CSS) - 1:00p
Marshall at UAB (C-USADN) - 2:00p
East Carolina at UCF (C-USADN) - 3:00p
(RV) Memphis at (RV) Southern Miss (CBSSN) - 3:00p
SMU at Rice (C-USADN) - 7:00p
Tulsa at UTEP (C-USADN) - 8:00p
All times Central.
Conference USA games in bold.
2012-13 C-USA Men's Basketball Fact Book
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