Roundball Roundup: Conference USA unbeatens remain at two

Conference USA play is five games in, and WKU & Louisiana Tech continue to lead the pack, while FAU and Marshall are fighting it out for the bottom of the barrel.


 

Final
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
56
UAB Blazers
63

UAB continues to impress and came off their first loss of the Conference USA season by getting right back at it and keeping Southern Miss winless in C-USA play. The Blazers had only two scorers in double figures – Robert Brown had 15 and Chris Cokley provided 11 from the bench – but shot an even 40% from the floor and nearly 50% from beyond the arc, compared to just 31% by the Eagles.


Despite 23 points from Jordan Williams, the Mean Green fell to the Monarchs as ODU continues to show their loss to the Tops was just a bump in the road. The Monarchs shot 41.7% from downtown and outrebounded the Mean Green 47-31, giving them more offensive opportunities to make things happen.

Final
UNC-Charlotte 49ers
68
FAU Owls
73

In the lone overtime game of the day, Rice topped the 49ers in the Queen City. Four 9ers scored in double figures, as did four Owls. However, two of those Owls, Marcus Jackson and Seth Gearhartscored 20 and 18 points each, helping force the final separation for the Owls. Once again it was Torin Dorn leading the way for Charlotte, once again doing so from the bench, with 16 points.

Final
FAU Owls
76
Marshall Thundering Herd
62

FAU won a conference game! Marshall is still undefeated in conference play! Ryan Taylor (24 points) and Marquan Botley (23 points) turned in the best performances of the day, and the Owls once again used the 3-ball to their advantage, hitting 8 of 24 attempted shots, compared to Marshall hitting just two triples. Outside of that, this game was surprisingly even.

Final
Georgia Bulldogs
75
MTSU Blue Raiders
68

The Bulldogs remain undefeated in Conference USA play thanks to 30 points and six rebounds from Alex HamiltonThe Blue Raiders hung around all afternoon and forced a halftime tie, but the Dunkin Dawgs had more in the tank to pull away with the victory. The Raiders actually shot better from beyond the arc and the free throw line than did LA Tech, but Tech’s 42.6% from the floor did just enough to get them by.

Final
UTSA Roadrunners
55
UTEP Miners
73

It was getting scary for a little bit for the Miners. UTSA found themselves down just four at the half, but a 43-29 second half lead the Miners to their fourth conference victory. Earvin Morris was the spark the Miners needed to pull away, scoring a game high 23.


It’s seven wins in a row for the Hilltoppers and six consecutive double-doubles for George FantThe Tops were able to fight from behind, and through some pretty horrid shooting, to tie the game at 24 at halftime, and did just enough to walk out of FIU, and the sunshine state, unscathed in Conference USA play. For our full recap, click here.