Nov. 20 Men's Basketball Recap

Go C-USA! Rod Rucker
Rod Rucker

Nov. 20, 2012

Southern Miss won its second game in as many days, while East Carolina defeated an in-state rival as both improved to 4-0 to start the season. The Golden Eagles are playing in the Progressive Legends Classic sub-regional. UAB, hosting the first two games of the South Padre Island Invitational, defeated Prairie View A&M. The Blazers were led by junior Rod Rucker's 25-point, 12-rebound performance and will play the final two games in South Padre Friday and Saturday. UCF snapped a 22-game non-conference home game win streak by falling to Middle Tennessee.

Complete C-USA Standings and Results

C-USA Season Statistics

East Carolina 82, Appalachian State 72
Middle Tennessee 75, UCF 61
Progressive Legends Classic, Huntsville, Texas
Southern Miss 69, UC Irvine 65
South Padre Island Invitational, Birmingham, Ala.
UAB 76, Prairie View A&M 70

Houston 106, Louisiana College 59
Progressive Legends Classic, Huntsville, Texas
Southern Miss 61, Sam Houston State 49
Hoops for Hope Classic, Dallas, Texas
SMU 81, Malone 47


  • East Carolina junior F Robert Sampson (Atlanta, Ga.) tallied 17 points and 18 rebounds as the Pirates (4-0) defeated Appalachian State, 82-72. Senior F Maurice Kemp (Miami, Fla.) scored 21 and grabbed 11 rebounds.
  • Four Blazers scored in double figures as UAB defeated Prairie View A&M, 76-70. Junior F Rod Rucker (Elberton, Ga.) led the way with 25 points. Classmates Jordan Swing (Birmingham, Ala.), Fahro Alihodzic (Vlasencia, Bosnia) and sophomore G Isiah Jones (Pulaski, Ill.) chipped in 10 points apiece.
  • UCF snapped its 22-game, non-conference home win streak with a 75-61 loss to Middle Tennessee Tuesday. It was the first loss since 2009.
  • Junior Michael Craig's (Phoenix, Ariz.) layup with 2:04 to play broke a 63-63 tie and gave Southern Miss the lead for good, as the Golden Eagles defeated UC-Irvine, 69-65, in the second game of the Progressive Legends Classic Sub-Regional Tuesday. Craig had game-highs of 21 points and eight rebounds and senior F Jonathan Mills (Chicago, Ill.) had 14 points and seven rebounds.
  • Southern Miss was playing the second game in as many days, closing Monday's game on a 10-3 run to pull out the 61-49 victory over Sam Houston State. Junior Dwayne Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a career-high 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Jonathan Mills recorded his first double-double of the season and the fifth of his career, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
  • With the win, head coach Donnie Tyndall becomes the first coach to win his first three games at Southern Miss and the team has now improved to 4-0.
  • Sophomore F TaShawn Thomas (Killeen, Texas) posted a career-high 22 points to lead six players in double digits as Houston defeated Louisiana College, 106-59, Monday.
  • Two days after a 40-point victory against Grambling State, the Cougars won their fourth straight game to open the season. The Cougars improved to 4-0 overall for the first time since 1997-98 and only the second time since 1986-87. It was the first time since 1989-90 that Houston enjoyed consecutive 40-point wins (W, 102-47 vs. Hawai'i-Loa, Nov. 30, 1989; W, 109-68, vs. Nevada, Dec. 2, 1989).
  • SMU improves to 4-0 under head coach Larry Brown following an 81-47 win over Malone Monday. It is the first 4-0 start for the Mustangs since 2000-01 season.
  • Sophomore G Jalen Jones (Dallas, Texas) led the team with 20 points and has scored 20+ points the last three games, becoming the first player since Papa Dia in January 2011 to accomplish the feat.

Wednesday, November 21

Progressive Legends Classic, Huntsville, Texas
Southern Miss vs. Liberty - 5:00p
Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic, Lincoln, Neb.
Tulane at Nebraska (BTN) - 7:00p
Jackson State at Tulsa (C-USADN) - 7:05p
Hoops for Hope Classic, Dallas, Texas
Rider at SMU (C-USADN) - 7:30p

All times Central.

2012-13 C-USA Men's Basketball Fact Book

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