Memphis won its 15th game in a row with a 93-71 victory over visiting UCF. The Tigers are a perfect 10-0 in conference play. Southern Miss moved back into sole possession of second place, defeating Tulane, 71-60. East Carolina seniors Maurice Kemp and Miguel Paul had big games for the Pirates in a 74-61 win against UAB. Houston shot better than 55 percent from the field to hand UTEP a 79-61 loss. Marshall sank 10-of-11 free throws down the stretch to edge Rice, 71-70, and improve to 10-2 at Cam Henderson Center.
East Carolina 74, UAB 61
Marshall 71, Rice 70
Houston 79, UTEP 61
(22/25) Memphis 93, UCF 71
Southern Miss 71, Tulane 60
C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS
(22/25) Memphis 93, UCF 71: Memphis won its 15th game in a row with a 93-71 victory over visiting UCF. The Tigers are a perfect 10-0 in conference play. The 15-game win streak is the second-longest in the nation. Five Memphis players finished with double figures in scoring, led by junior Joe Jackson's (Memphis, Tenn.) 21 points. Jackson also tied his career-high with 10 assists for his second double-double. The Tigers had 28 assists on 38 field goals and shot a season-best 58.5 percent from the field. Reigning C-USA Player of the Week Geron Johnson (Dayton, Ohio) tallied 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. The Tigers, who are 10-0 all-time at home against the Knights, used a 21-1 run midway through the second half to put away the visitors. Senior D.J. Stephens (Killeen, Texas) added 10 points, including his 100th career dunk. Junior Isaiah Sykes (Detroit, Mich.) led the Knights with 17 points and six boards.
Southern Miss 71, Tulane 60: Southern Miss closed the game on an 18-5 run over the final 4:50 to hold on and defeat Tulane, 71-60, at Reed Green Coliseum. Southern Miss improves to 19-6 overall, and 8-2 in C-USA for second place. The 19 wins ties head coach Donnie Tyndall with Lee Floyd (1949-50) for the most wins by a Golden Eagle first year head coach. Senior Dwayne Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.) led all players with 21 points, his second straight 20-point game. Junior G Jerrold Brooks (Rochester, N.Y.) added 14 points. Junior Josh Davis (Raleigh, N.C.) led Tulane with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his conference-best 14th double-double of the season. Senior G Ben Cherry (Charlotte, N.C.) added a career-high 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from three.
East Carolina 74, UAB 61: Senior F Maurice Kemp (Miami, Fla.) posted his third consecutive 20-point scoring game, leading East Carolina to a 74-61 win over UAB and giving the Pirates their first win over the Blazers at home. Kemp scored 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting and made 8-of-8 free-throw attempts for the Pirates, who had four players in double figures. Junior G Akeem Richmond (Sanford, N.C.) added 15 points off the bench in 19 minutes of action, while junior F Ty Armstrong (Melbourne, Fla.) scored 12. Senior G Miguel Paul (Winter Haven, Fla.) posted his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 11 assists. UAB junior F Rod Rucker (Elberton, Ga.) led the way with 14 points, including the game's first six points to give the Blazers an early lead.
Houston 79, UTEP 61: Houston sophomore TaShawn Thomas (Killeen, Texas) led all players with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Cougars defeated UTEP, 79-61. Thomas connected on 10-of-19 shots from the field on the way to his team-leading 10th double-double of the season and the 19th of his career. He also dished out a career-high seven assists, topping his previous high of six earlier this season against Louisiana-Lafayette. Freshman F Danuel House (Sugar Land, Texas) scored 19 points, including three 3-pointers, with five rebounds and four assists, while redshirt freshman G Jherrod Stiggers (Terrell, Texas) added 13 points, including three 3-pointers, with eight rebounds. Sophomore G Joseph Young (Houston, Texas), who entered the game as C-USA's third-leading scorer, finished with 12 points, including a pair of treys. Houston used sharp shooting throughout the game, hitting at least 54 percent in each half and finishing the contest at 55.1 percent (27-of-49) for the game, including a blistering 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from behind the arc. The Miners moved to 66-58 late in the game, but Houston closed out the night on a 13-3 run for the final margin of victory. Sophomore Julian Washburn (Duncanville, Texas) led UTEP with 17 points, six rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers, while junior C John Bohannon (Lancaster, Texas) added 11 points. Konner Tucker (Fort Worth, Texas) finished with 10 points and two treys of his own, while senior Jacques Streeter (Los Angeles, Calif.) dished out a team-high five assists.
Marshall 71, Rice 70: Marshall sank 10 of its 11 free throws down the stretch to defeat Rice, 71-70. The game saw 21 lead changes and never a lead of more than five points. Marshall improved to 10-2 at the Cam Henderson Center this season and won despite trailing with five minutes to play (59-56) for just the third time this season. Junior Elijah Pittman (Covington, Ky.) led the team in scoring with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting including 3-of-6 from three-point range. The Herd shot 51.1 percent from the field, its third-highest percentage this season. Junior D.D. Scarver (Birmingham, Ala.) added 17 points, senior Dennis Tinnon (Green Bay, Wis.) scored 11 and Nigel Spikes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) had 10. Junior G DeAndre Kane (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who ranks sixth nationally for assists, tallied 10 helpers. Rice senior G Tamir Jackson (Paterson, N.J.) led five Owls in double-figures with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Four different Rice players hit at least two three-pointers led by Austin Ramljak who was 3-of-7 for 15 points.
UPCOMING GAMES Saturday, February 16
SMU at Tulane (FSN) - 1:30p
Houston at Tulsa (FSN) - 3:30p
Southern Miss at East Carolina (C-USADN) - 4:00p
(22/25) Memphis at Marshall (CBSSN) - 7:00p
Rice at UAB (C-USADN) - 7:00p
UCF at UTEP (C-USADN) - 8:00p