Feb. 19 Men's Basketball Notebook
Feb. 19, 2013
Eight Conference USA teams will be in action Wednesday night as just three weeks remain before the start of the 2013 C-USA Basketball Championship at Tulsa's BOK Center.
The Golden Hurricane will host East Carolina at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on campus. Tip-off is 7:05 p.m. CT. Both teams are coming off thrilling overtime games Saturday. Tulsa escaped a triple overtime contest against Houston, earning a 101-92 win. Reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week D'Andre Wright scored 14 of his 17 points in those overtime periods. East Carolina took second-place Southern Miss into extra time, but fell 86-82. The Pirates were led by Akeem Richmond, who scored a game-high 25 points and tied the school record with eight 3-pointers in the game.
No. 21/19 Memphis rides a 16-game win streak into Wednesday's game with Houston. Tip is set for 8 p.m. CT and will be regionally televised on CSS. The Tigers extended their streak Saturday with a 71-59 win at Marshall. Sophomore Adonis Thomas registered his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis. Houston sophomore TaShawn Thomas is also coming off a big game Saturday as the C-USA Player of the Week scored a career-best 31 points in the triple overtime game at Tulsa.
As arguably one of the best rivalries in C-USA, Marshall visits UCF for a 7 p.m. Eastern tip. Marshall won the first meeting this season with a 75-71 victory on its home floor Feb. 2. Junior Elijah Pittman led the Thundering Herd with 21 points. Marshall shot a season-high 51.9 percent and blocked 14 shots, which tied for second-most in school history. Senior C Nigel Spikes had nine blocks, which tied for fourth in Marshall's single-game records. Spikes did some work on the offensive end of the floor as well with 11 points. Twelve of Marshall's 17 assists came from junior G DeAndre Kane who also put up six points and four rebounds. UCF senior Keith Clanton scored 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds, both game-highs. Clanton needs just one rebound Wednesday to move into a tie for sixth place on C-USA's career rebounding chart.
Southern Miss hosts UTEP for a 7 p.m. CT tip at Reed Green Coliseum. The Golden Eagles are currently second in the C-USA standings and off to a 20-6 start under head coach Donnie Tyndall, which is the most wins by a first-year coach in school history since Lee Floyd in 1949-50. Lee Floyd's son Tim will be bringing his Miners into Hattiesburg, coming off a big 73-58 win against UCF Saturday. UTEP and UCF are tied for third in the C-USA standings.
C-USA UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 23
All times Central.
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