Feb. 11, 2012
It was a good night for the home team as all six playing the front of their home crowds added to their win totals. Southern Miss and Memphis held onto their top spot in the C-USA standings with wins over UCF and UAB, respectively. Tulsa head coach Doug Wojcik led the Golden Hurricane to a 72-48 victory over Houston for this 138th win at the head of the program, breaking Clarence Iba's record to become the winningest head coach in school history. Sophomore PG Jordan Clarkson led TU with 21 points for his 22nd game in a row in double-figures. Rice junior Arsalan Kazemi had his own record-setting night as he registered his 42nd career double-double, tying former Memphis player Kelly Wise for the most in C-USA history. Marshall senior G Damier Pitts was one point shy of his career-high with 27 points in a 78-68 victory over East Carolina. In overtime, UTEP outscored Tulane, 54-52, for the win.
Complete C-USA Standings and Results
Conference USA Statistics
(RV) Southern Miss 78, UCF 74
Marshall 78, East Carolina 68
Tulsa 72, Houston 48
Memphis 79, UAB 45
Rice 43, SMU 39
UTEP 54, Tulane 52 (OT)
C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS
- Southern Miss 78, UCF 74: Junior F Jonathan Mills (Chicago, Ill.) scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out to lead the Golden Eagles to a 78-74 win over visiting UCF. With the win, the Golden Eagles improved to 12-0 at home. Mills was one of four Golden Eagles hit 12-of-13 from the free throw line. Sophomore G Neil Watson (Kansas City, Kan.) scored 15 points on 11-of-12 free throw shooting, and added eight assists and seven rebounds. Junior G LaShay Page (Dillon, S.C.) scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards while senior F Torye Pelham (Nashville, Tenn.) added 12 points. Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy needs just one more win for the 400th of his career. Sophomore F Isaiah Sykes (Detroit, Mich.) tossed in a game- and career-high 27 points for the Knights. Sykes shot 11-of-14 overall and also added 10 rebounds in the losing effort. UCF did go on an 11-0 run in the second half that gave them a three-point (54-51) lead with seven minutes to play.
- Memphis 79, UAB 45: Memphis hit 11 three-pointers in the first half to jump out to a 79-45 lead at the break and went on to defeat UAB, 79-45, at FedExForum. Sophomores Will Barton (Baltimore, Md.) and Chris Crawford (Memphis, Tenn.) scored 16 points apiece for the Tigers, who have won 13 straight against UAB. Crawford also had a season-high five steals and Barton had a team-best nine rebounds. UAB sophomore G Preston Purifoy (Conway, Ark.) led the Blazers with 14 points, including four three-pointers.
- Tulsa 72, Houston 48: Tulsa head coach Doug Wojcik led the Golden Hurricane to a 72-48 victory over Houston for this 138th win at the head of the program, breaking Clarence Iba's record to become the winningest head coach in school history. Wojcik was presented with a game ball by Coach Iba's son Gene. Sophomore PG Jordan Clarkson (San Antonio, Texas) led TU with 21 points for his 22nd game in a row in double-figures, the most in C-USA this season. The Golden Hurricane used a 19-2 run early in the second half to pull away from the visiting Cougars. Guards Jonathon Simmons (Houston, Texas) and Joseph Young (Houston, Texas) scored 13 points apiece for UH.
- Marshall 78, East Carolina 68: Senior G Damier Pitts (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a season-high 27 points, one shy of his career best, to lead the Herd to a 78-68 win over East Carolina. Classmate Shaquille Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.) added 14 points. Marshall was without leading scorer DeAndre Kane (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Kane was home attending his father Calvin's funeral. Calvin passed away early Tuesday morning. East Carolina sophomore F Robert Sampson (Atlanta, Ga.) scored a new career high with19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double. Junior G Miguel Paul (Winter Haven, Fla.) also registered a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists.
- Rice 43, SMU 39: Junior F Arsalan Kazemi registered his 42nd career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 43-39 win over SMU. Kazemi is now tied with former Memphis player Kelly Wise (1998-2002) with the conference record for career double-doubles. He also had a season-best five steals in the game. With the win, Rice head coach Ben Braun only needs one more victory for 600 in his career. Junior G Tamir Jackson (Paterson, N.J.) scored 12 points for the Owls. Sophomore F Shawn Williams (Duncanville, Texas) scored 11 points, while seniors Robert Nyakundi (Arlington, Texas) and Rodney Clinkscales (Zion, Ill.) added nine each for the Mustangs. SMU was without sophomore PG Jeremiah Samarrippas (Bartow, Fla.), who suffered an ankle sprain during practice on Friday.
- UTEP 54, Tulane 52 (OT): UTEP sophomore G Micahel Perez (Tucson, Ariz.) scored 15 points to lead the Miners to a 54-52 overtime win against Tulane at the Don Haskins Center. Tulane freshman G Ricky Tarrant (Pleasant Grove, Ala.) and junior Jordan Callahan (Marietta, Ga.) scored 19 points apiece. Tarrant also grabbed eight rebounds and was credited with four assists.
C-USA UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, February 15
Memphis at Tulane - 7:00p
UAB at SMU - 7:00p
Tulsa at (RV) Southern Miss - 7:00p
All times Central. Conference USA Games in Bold.
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