Dec. 1, 2012
SMU earned a 73-47 victory at Hofstra Saturday afternoon in a homecoming for head coach Larry Brown. The game was played 20 miles from Brown's Brooklyn hometown, and he coached the New York Knicks and Nets during his NBA career. With the win, the Mustangs improve to 8-1 on the season. It was also a return for UAB head coach Jerod Haase, who brought his Blazers to Chapel Hill to play North Carolina. Haase was an assistant coach for current UNC coach Roy Williams for 13 years and was on staff for the 2005 and 2009 national championship seasons.
Marshall, Rice, Tulane and UCF all added to the win column Saturday, while East Carolina and Southern Miss suffered their first losses of the season.
Complete C-USA Standings and Results
C-USA Season Statistics
SMU 73, Hofstra 47
Tulane 51, Navy 41
UCF 90, Florida Tech 62
(14/13) North Carolina 102, UAB 84
Texas A&M 70, Houston 59
Charlotte 76, East Carolina 64
Marshall 61, UNC Wilmington 58
Rice 61, Houston Baptist 53
New Mexico State 68, Southern Miss 60
C-USA MEN'S BASKETBALL SHOOTING STARS
- SMU improved to 8-1 under head coach Larry Brown with a 73-47 road win at Hofstra. The Mustangs, playing their first game in the state of New York since 1950, are off to their best start since the 2006-07 season.
- Junior G Nick Russell (Duncanville, Texas) scored a game-high 20 points for SMU, and added seven assists, five rebounds and a career-best four steals. Sophomore G Jalen Jones (Dallas, Texas) and junior F Shawn Williams (Duncanville, Texas) both recorded double-doubles.
- Tulane junior F Josh Davis (Raleigh, N.C.) registered his conference-best sixth straight double-double of the season (18th of his career) with 17 points and 10 rebounds in 51-41 win over Navy. Davis currently leads the conference in scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (11.1 rpg).
- Senior G Jordan Callahan (Marietta, Ga.) added 10 points and needs just eight to reach the 1,000-point career milestone. The Green Wave improved to 6-0 at Devlin Fieldhouse this season.
- Making his collegiate debut, UCF freshman G Matt Williams (Orlando, Fla.) scored a game-high 21 points to help the Knights to a 90-62 win over Florida Tech. Williams, who missed the first five games of the season while recovering from an illness, played just 13 minutes, but connected on 7-of-9 treys. Williams' seven triples tied for fourth on the UCF single-game 3-pointers list and is the best performance among C-USA teams so far this season. He scored 18 points in the second half when the hosts shot 63.0 percent overall and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from deep.
- Williams was one of five UCF players to finish with double digits in scoring and a pair of Knights registered double-doubles. Sophomore F Kasey Wilson (North Port, Fla.) scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while senior Keith Clanton (Orlando, Fla.) added 13 points and 11 boards. Freshman G Daiquan Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) shot 5-of-6 from 3-point range on his way to 15 points and junior Isaiah Sykes (Detroit, Mich.) added 10 points in the victory.
- The game was the first of six this month at home for the Knights. UCF will take a break for final exams and then return to action on Dec. 12, hosting Bethune-Cookman at the UCF Arena.
- Marshall junior G DeAndre Kane (Pittsburgh, Pa.) sank two clutch free throws with 21 seconds remaining in Marshall's 61-58 win over UNC Wilmington. Kane finished the game with a team-high 16 points and finished 5-of-9 from the free throw line. He also added five assists, four rebounds, four steals and just two turnovers. The game was close all night with UNCW leading no more than five points and Marshall no more than eight. There were 16 lead changes and nine ties, including the halftime score at 28-28.
- Senior C Nigel Spikes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) recorded his second double-double of the season for Marshall with 10 points and 13 rebounds, including a career-high nine offensive boards. Junior D.D. Scarver (Birmingham, Ala.) scored in double-figures for the fifth straight game with 12. Junior F Elijah Pittman (Covington, Ky.) went an efficient 4-for-5 from the field and finished with 13 points and five rebounds.
- Rice had a strong team effort in a 61-53 victory over intracity foe Houston Baptist. Senior G Tamir Jackson (Paterson, N.J.) recorded the third double-double of the season and his career with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
- East Carolina had its five-game win streak snapped, suffering its first loss of the season on the road at Charlotte, 76-64. Senior F Maurice Kemp (Miami, Fla.) led the Pirates in scoring for the fifth time this season with 16 points on the night.
- UAB junior G Jordan Swing (Birmingham, Ala.) scored 21 points, including 5-of-5 threes, but the Blazers fell to No. 14/13 North Carolina, 102-84. It was a homecoming for UAB head coach Jerod Haase, who was on staff for the Tar Heels 2005 and 2009 national championship teams and spent 13 years as an assistant to UNC head coach Roy Williams.
- Southern Miss suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 68-60 decision to host New Mexico State. Reigning C-USA Player of the Week Jonathan Mills (Chicago, Ill.) led the Golden Eagles with 12 points and eight rebounds.
- Houston sophomore PG J.J. Thompson (Irving, Texas) scored a career-high 16 points, but it would not be quite enough as Texas A&M claimed a 70-59 win against the Cougars.
Tuesday, December 4
St. Andrews at East Carolina (C-USADN) - 6:30p
Nicholls State at Tulane (C-USADN) - 7:00p
Houston at TCU (FSSW) - 8:00p
Southern Miss at (9) Arizona - 8:30p
Wednesday, December 5
Ohio at (RV) Memphis (CBSSN) - 6:00p
Capital Classic, Huntington, W.Va.
Marshall vs. West Virginia (CCN) - 6:30p
UAB at Middle Tennessee - 7:00p
Missouri State at Tulsa (C-USADN) - 7:05p
All times Central.
2012-13 C-USA Men's Basketball Fact Book
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