Thursday, March 04, 1999

C-USA ROUNDUP


UC gets rematch with S. Florida

        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The team that played the Cincinnati Bearcats tougher last week is the team that survived to play them again today.

        South Florida needed overtime to force Memphis to surrender in a Conference USA Tournament first-round game, the Bulls (14-13) winning 88-81 to advance to a quarterfinal game against No. 7 UC (25-4) at 1 p.m. They were led by 19 points and 14 rebounds from guard Shaddrick Jenkins and 22 points off the bench from freshman forward Altron Jackson.

        “It was a team character win,” USF coach Seth Greenberg said. “They stayed in it until they could get a little bit of a run. They showed toughness, maturity, real character. This was a huge step for our basketball team.”

        South Florida held Memphis scoreless for the first 3:16 of overtime, when forward Omar Sneed hit an inside jumper to make it 85-81. The Bulls got their first two baskets of the OT on dunks and the third on a layup, then made 3-of-4 from the foul line to seal the win.

        Memphis led by as much as 64-56 with 8:14 to play and still had a four-point lead with 1:23 left. The Tigers' final lead came on a Marcus Moody baseline jumper over Jackson with 12 seconds to play, but Jackson answered by recovering a loose ball and laying it in to tie the game with five seconds to play.

        South Florida closed a 23-point defict to seven on the way to losing by 11 to the Bearcats last Thursday, two days before they beat Memphis by 25 to close the season.

        Coach Bob Huggins said it makes no difference that UC is meeting an opponent so soon after defeating them, figuring any team in the conference would be as familiar.

        SOUTH FLORIDA (14-13) — Smith 3-12 0-1 8, Waldon 4-10 1-6 9, Asbury 7-13 4-6 18, Frazier 0-0 2-2 2, Jenkins 6-14 6-7 19, Reeves 5-6 0-0 10, Jackson 10-16 1-1 22, Brown 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-72, 14-23 88.

        MEMPHIS (13-15) — Sneed 5-12 6-7 16, Moody 6-10 0-0 15, Wise 1-2 0-0 2, Hunter 8-19 1-1 18, Shine 2-3 1-1 5, Daniels 1-9 4-5 6, Ousley 2-8 0-0 4, London 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 5-5 2-3 15. Totals 30-69 14-17 81.

        Halftime—South Florida 41, Memphis 35. 3-Point goals—South Florida 4-21 (Smith 2-10, Waldon 0-3, Asbury 0-2, Jenkins 1-3, Jackson 1-3). Memphis 7-24 (Sneed 0-1, Moody 3-6, Hunter 1-7, Shine 0-1, Daniels 0-6, Jones 3-3). Fouled out—Waldon, Sneed) Rebounds—South Florida 42 (Jenkins 14), Memphis 45 (Sneed 10). Assists—South Florida 20 (Smith 8), Memphis 14 (Daniels 8). Total fouls—South Florida 18, Memphis 23. Technical Fouls— Hunter. A—N/A.

DePaul 95, Tulane 59
        Quentin Richardson, named the Conference USA player of the year earlier in the day, scored 17 points Wednesday night to lead DePaul.

        Richardson, a freshman who led the league in rebounding and was second in scoring, didn't start because of an ankle injury suffered last week. He first checked in at the 14:56 mark and immediately made his presence known.

        Sixth-seeded DePaul (17-11) plays third-seeded Alabama-Birmingham (19-10) in today's quarterfinal round.

        TULANE (12-15) — Mouton 4-15 1-2 11, Davis 4-5 2-2 10, Billingsley 3-9 2-2 8, Marsh 2-8 0-1 4, Osean 1-2 0-0 2, Mason 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Kritza 3-6 0-1 6, Harris 3-5 4-7 11, Miles 0-4 0-0 0, Jordan 2-6 1-2 5. Totals 23-62 10-17 59.

        DEPAUL (17-11) — Hatfield 2-7 0-0 6, Simmons 4-5 1-2 10, Williams 5-15 0-0 10, Burno 2-3 3-4 8, Coleman 5-13 0-0 12, Richardson 6-10 0-0 17, Peoples 1-4 8-8 10, Cashin 1-1 5-5 7, Cooper 2-4 0-1 4, Butler 0-1 1-1 1, Avery 2-3 1-2 5, Fitzgerald 1-2 0-0 3, Bruno 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-69 19-23 95.

        Halftime—DePaul 41, Tulane 26. 3-Point goals—Tulane 3-11 (Mouton 2-6, Marsh 0-1, Osean 0-1, Mason 0-1, Harris 1-1, Miles 0-1). DePaul 12-21 (Hatfield 2-5, Simmons 1-2, Burno 1-1, Coleman 2-3, Richardson 5-6, Peoples 0-1, Cooper 0-1, Fitzgerald 1-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Tulane 37 (Billingsley 7), DePaul 45 (Williams 9). Assists—Tulane 13 (Mason 4), DePaul 24 (Burno 9). Total fouls— Tulane 21, DePaul 20. A—N/A.

Saint Louis 59, Marquette 52
        Justin Love scored 18 points to lead Saint Louis to the victory.

        Saint Louis (15-15), seeded seventh, advances to today's quarterfinal round against second-seeded Louisville.

        MARQUETTE (14-15) — Bargen 1-5 0-0 3, Nnamaka 0-0 5-8 5, Mueller 0-0 0-0 0, Henry 6-12 1-2 16, Wardle 4-13 2-2 10, Cliff 5-11 1-2 14, Miller 1-1 0-1 2, Diggs 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Polonowski 0-1 0-0 0, Clausen 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 17-48 11-17 52.

        SAINT LOUIS (15-15) — Cobbin 4-8 2-2 13, Baniak 3-5 0-0 6, Luechtefeld 2-6 0-0 4, Love 7-13 3-5 18, Fergerson 2-9 2-2 8, Robertson 0-2 0-0 0, Walker 0-1 0-0 0, Simmons 1-1 0-0 3, Heinirch 1-1 0-0 2, Tatum 2-8 1-3 5. Totals 22-54 8-12 59.

        Halftime—Saint Louis 30, Marqueete 20. 3-Point goals—Marquette 7-18 (Bargen 1-3, Henry 3-4, Wardle 0-4, Cliff 3-7). Saint Louis 7-20 (Cobbin 3-6, Luechtefeld 0-1, Love 1-5, Fergerson 2-6, Walker 0-1, Simmons 1-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Marquette 31 (Nnamaka 6), Saint Louis 39 (Baniak 6). Assists—Marquette 9 (Henry 4), Saint Louis 15 (Fergerson 6). A—7,422.

UNCC 75, Houston 51
        Kelvin Price scored 19 points and Galen Young had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead North Carolina Charlotte.

        The fifth-seeded 49ers (19-10) advance to play fourth-seeded Southern Mississippi in today's quarterfinals.

        The loss ended the season for Houston, which finished 10-17 under first-year coach Clyde Drexler.

        HOUSTON (10-17) — Stringfellow 3-7 0-0 6, Younger 7-16 3-4 18, Gervin 5-13 0-0 13, Fernandez 0-2 0-0 0, Crosby 1-4 0-0 3, Spears 0-4 0-0 0, Botts 0-2 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Hendrick 2-6 0-0 4, Austin 1-1 0-0 3, Ballis 1-2 0-0 2, Moceanu 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 21-58 3-6 51.

        UNCC (19-10) — Young 6-16 3-5 15, Gardiner 3-5 0-0 7, Price 7-14 5-8 19, Guevara 3-4 4-4 12, J. Thomas 3-8 0-0 7, Smith 1-3 4-4 7, M. Thomas 1-6 1-2 3, Dwiggins 1-1 0-0 2, Tolliver 0-3 0-0 0, Neely 0-1 0-0 0, Whitehead 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 26-64 18-25 75.

        Halftime—UNC-Charlotte 31, Houston 26. 3-Point goals—Houston 6-15 (Younger 1-4, Gervin 3-5, Crosby 1-2, Botts 0-1, Hendrick 0-2, Austin 1-1). UNCC 5-20 (Young 0-1, Gardiner 1-2, Guevara 2-3, J. Thomas 1-5, Smith 1-3, M. Thomas 0-3, Tolliver 0-3). Fouled out—Stringfellow. Rebounds—Houston 34 (Younger 11), UNCC 46 (Young 12). Assists— Houston 12 (Crosby 4), UNCC 16 (Guevara 6). Total fouls—Houston 23, UNCC 13. A—N/A.

       



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