Friday, March 05, 1999

C-USA ROUNDUP


Charlotte gets 20th win

        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kelvin Price scored 21 points and had nine rebounds to lead North Carolina Charlotte to an 83-75 victory over Southern Mississippi in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament on Thursday.

        The 49ers meet No. 7 Cincinnati, the top seed, Friday in the semifinals. The Bearcats beat South Florida 76-56 on Thursday.

        The victory gave North Carolina Charlotte (20-10) its third consecutive 20-win season.

        The fifth-seeded 49ers, who beat Houston Wednesday, led by as many as 19 points in the second half, then held off fourth-seeded Southern Mississippi (14-16).

        The 49ers had to play on the first day after the Golden Eagles claimed the fourth seed by virtue of a victory over second-seeded Louisville.

        Five National Division teams had identical overall, conference and head-to-head marks.

        North Carolina Charlotte led 36-31 at halftime, but five 49ers scored in a 21-7 run that gave them a 57-38 advantage with 12:09 to play.

        Price, who matched his career high in scoring, scored seven straight points to help fight off the Golden Eagles.

        Stapleton hit three of his four 3-pointers in a 1:09 span to close the lead to 68-60 with 4:34 left.

        North Carolina Charlotte only scored one field goal the rest of the way, but converted 13-of-20 free throws to preserve the win.

        Southern Miss shot 51 percent from the floor compared to North Carolina Charlotte's 49 percent.

        But the 49ers hit 29-of-38 free throws while Southern Miss was 9-of-14.

        Galen Young and Kedrick Smith had 13 points each and Diego Guevara had 10 for North Carolina Charlotte.

        Neil Reed scored 17 to lead Southern Miss.

Louisville 70, Saint Louis 61
        Marques Maybin scored 20 points to lead Louisville.

        Second-seeded Louisville (18-9), which was cleared by the NCAA for postseason play just last month, plays Alabama-Birmingham (20-10) in today's semifinal.

        The loss likely ended the season for seventh-seeded Saint Louis (16-15) and possibly the career of coach Charlie Spoonhour. Spoonhour has indicated he may retire at the end of the year. School officials refused to confirm or deny that Spoonhour told his players after the game that he would retire.

UAB 79, DePaul 73
        Eric Holmes and Damon Cobb broke out of slumps by scoring a combined 39 points.

        Holmes scored a career high 24 points, Cobb added 15 and the two were a combined 7-for-11 from 3-point range. The two had been horrendous down the stretch and had not combined to score more than 16 points since Feb. 4.

       



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