Dec. 22 Men's Basketball Recap

Go C-USA! Ricky Tarrant
Ricky Tarrant

Dec. 22, 2012

Houston, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa and UTEP added to their win totals Saturday. Houston improved to 9-2 on the season with a 79-57 victory against visiting Chicago State. SMU defeated Alcorn State, 67-52, in the consolation game of the Cable Car Classic. Tulane sophomore G Ricky Tarrant tossed in 28 point and the Green Wave used a 20-0 run to open the second half to roll to an 83-62 victory over Hofstra in the opening game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at the Barclays Center. Tulsa came from behind to win the annual Mayor's Cup, beating crosstown rival Oral Roberts 72-68. UTEP defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the first round of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. All five Miner starters scored in double figures.

Complete C-USA Standings and Results

C-USA Season Statistics

Tulane 83, Hofstra 62
Tulsa 72, Oral Roberts 68
Houston 79, Chicago State 57
Massachusetts 88, East Carolina 81
(23) Kentucky 82, Marshall 54
TCU 65, Rice 63
Wichita State 59, Southern Miss 51
WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Inv'l, El Paso
UTEP 83, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61
Cable Car Classic, Santa Clara, Calif.
SMU 67, Alcorn State 52


  • Tulsa freshman James Woodard (Edmond, Okla.) scored 18 second-half points as the team overcame a 17-point deficit for a 72-68 road victory over cross-town rival Oral Roberts. Tulsa took its first lead at 61-59 with 4:40 remaining in the game on a Woodard three-point shot. The three-pointer was set-up after freshman F Zeldric King (Dallas, Texas) put Tulsa to within one-point, 59-58, on a layup, and freshman G Rashad Ray (New Orleans, La.) stole the inbounds pass to give Woodard an open look on the three-point basket. Scottie Haralson (Jackson, Miss.) added 12 points for the Hurricane, followed by the freshmen Ray and King with 11 and 10 points apiece.
  • Houston sophomore G Joseph Young (Houston, Texax) poured in a game-high 24 points with five 3-pointers, while sophomore F TaShawn Thomas (Killeen, Texas) added 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Houston to a 79-57 win against Chicago State. Hitting 8-of-17 shots from the field, Young recorded his third straight 20-point game, his fourth this season and the seventh of his career. Thomas was making his 41st consecutive start (every game of his career), as the Cougars improved to 9-2 on the season and 6-1 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
  • Tulane sophomore G Ricky Tarrant (Pleasant Grove, Ala.) tossed in 28 points, including five 3-pointers, and a career-high tying eight rebounds. Using a 20-0 run to open the second half, the Green Wave rolled to an 83-62 victory over Hofstra in the opening game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at the Barclays Center. The Teams were all knotted up at 30-30 after the first 20 minutes of the game. Tulane then came out of the locker room and proceeded to score the first 20 points of the second half to take control. Junior Josh Davis (Raleigh, N.C.) finished the game with 18 points and a game-high nine boards, while senior G Jordan Callahan (Marietta, Ga.) chipped in with 15 points and three 3-pointers. Callahan also moved up two spots to 29th place on Tulane's career scoring list with his 15 points tonight. He passed C.J Hunter (1,049) and Jeff Cummings (1,052) today and finished the game with 1,062 career points.
  • All five UTEP starters scored in double figures as the Miners defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 83-61, in the first round of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. Sophomore Julian Washburn (Duncanville, Texas) registered his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
  • SMU defeated Alcorn State, 67-52, in the consolation game of the Cable Car Classic. Sophomore G Jalen Jones (Dallas, Texas) led the Mustangs with 19 points, nine rebounds and a career-best four steals. SMU was 20-of-21 (.952) from the free throw line, which is the sixth best in school history. Sophomore G Ryan Manuel was a perfect 8-of-8 from the stripe.
  • Junior F Elijah Pittman (Covington, Ky.) scored 20 points in his return to his home state, but Marshall fell to No. 23 Kentucky, 82-54, Saturday in Rupp Arena. The announced attendance of 24,271 at the famed basketball building was the largest to ever see a Marshall game. Pittman was 7-of-17 from the field and reached the 20-point plateau for the fourth time in his first season with the Herd. Senior Nigel Spikes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds, while senior F Dennis Tinnon (Green Bay, Wis.) had 14 points and six rebounds.
  • Junior G Jerrold Brooks (Rochester, N.Y.) had a game-high 18 points, but Southern Miss dropped a 59-51 decision to Wichita State. The Shockers outscored Southern Miss 20-4 over the final 8:03. Senior G Dwayne Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds and junior G Neil Watson (Kansas City, Mo.) had 12 points and four assists.
  • Rice clawed its way back from an 18-point deficit in the second half to pull within two and take a shot to win the game, but TCU prevailed in a 65-63 nail-biter at Tudor Fieldhouse. Propelled once again by a strong outing from senior Tamir Jackson (Paterson, N.J.), Rice strung together a 15-2 run in less than five minutes to cut an 18-point gap to just five with 14 minutes to play in the second half. The Owls shot 63.2 percent from the field after the intermission and knocked down 15-of-18 free throws. Jackson came one point shy of his season best with 25 points on 7-of-17 shooting and 10-of-14 free throws. He led Rice with four of the team's nine assists and hauled in three rebounds in 36 minutes.

Sunday, December 23

WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Inv'l, El Paso, Texas
Nebraska at UTEP (C-USADN) - 8:30p

Friday, December 28
UCF Holiday Classic, Orlando, Fla.
Howard at UCF (C-USADN)- 6:00p
Southern Miss at Morehead State - 6:30p
Oral Roberts at Memphis (CSS) - 7:00p

All times Central.

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

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