Thursday, March 09, 2000

C-USA Tournament Roundup

        • Saint Louis 59, Southern Miss 51 — Justin Love scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead St. Louis in the opening game.

        Love, who hit his first three shots, was 7-of-17 from the field but hit half of his six shots from long range and converted 8-of-10 from the line to lead the ninth-seeded Billikens (16-13) into a second-round showdown with No.1 Cincinnati, the tournament's top seed.

        Maurice Jeffers added 12 for St.Louis, while Dave Fergerson had 10.

        SAINT LOUIS (16-13) — Baniak 0-1 0-0 0, Jeffers 5-9 2-3 12, Heinrich 3-7 2-2 8, Fergerson 4-8 1-2 10, Love 7-17 8-10 25, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0, Redden 1-1 0-0 2, Latimer 0-1 0-0 0, Braun 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 21-46 13-19 59.

        SOUTHERN MISS. (17-12) — Thompson 3-5 0-0 7, Wall 8-16 5-7 25, Booker 1-4 1-1 3, Cauthen 2-6 2-2 6, Flowers 1-9 0-0 2, Brinkley 1-3 2-2 4, V. Jones 1-2 2-5 4, Henderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-45 12-17 51.

        Halftime—Saint Louis 29, Southern Miss. 28. 3-point goals—Saint Louis 4-11 (Love 3-6, Fergerson 1-5), Southern Miss. 5-14 (Wall 4-8, Thompson 1-1, Cauthen 0-2, Flowers 0-2, Brinkley 0-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Saint Louis 29 (Heinrich 7), Southern Miss. 29 (Booker 9). Assists—Saint Louis 4 (Jeffers, Fergerson, Love and Redden 1 each), Southern Miss. 8 (Flowers 3). Total fouls—Saint Louis 18, Southern Miss. 18.

        • Houston 77, Marquette 75 — Kenny Younger scored 21 points to lead Houston.

        Younger, who was 7-of-10 from the field and hit all seven of his free throws, led three Cougars in double figures as Houston (9-21), the tournament's No.12 seed, snapped an 11-game losing streak.

        The Cougars now face No.4 seed Tulane today.

        Marquette (15-13) held only one lead in the game, at 2-0, and tried valiantly to scrap back at the end behind the shooting of John Cliiff, who led the Golden Eagles with 22 points.

        • Memphis 60, South Florida 58Marcus Moody's 15-foot jumper with 10 seconds left gave Memphis a come-from-behind victory.

        Moody's jumper gave Memphis (15-15), the tournament's No.11 seed, a 59-58 lead, its only lead of the second half. Keiron Shine hit a free throw with 1.5 seconds remaining.

        South Florida (17-13) had a chance to win the game at the horn, but Altron Jackson's desperation 25-footer hit the back of the rim.

        Kelly Wise led Memphis with 13 points, and Courtney Trask added 10 as the Tigers, who trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, won their sixth straight game.


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