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2022-23 C-USA Men's Basketball Results & Notables

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Sunday, Dec. 18

UTSA 90, Bethune-Cookman 69

UAB 92, Southern 66
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Rice’s Quincy Olivari and UTSA’s DJ Richards each earned their second Conference USA Men’s Basketball weekly honors of the season. The 2022-23 C-USA Players of the Week awards are voted on by the league’s sports information directors.

Olivari averaged 26.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals across three games last week, leading Rice to a 2-1 record and helping the Owls extend their home non-conference winning streak to 10 games. The first Owl to tally five-straight 20-point games since 2015-16, he shot 53 percent from the field (25-47), 50 percent from three (9-18) and 88 percent from the free-throw line (21-24) last week. Olivari’s nine three-pointers moved him into third place on Rice’s all-time list with 187.

Richards repeats as the league’s top rookie after turning in a pair of 12-point performances in the Roadrunners’ 1-1 week that included a loss to Utah and a win over Bethune-Cookman. Making his third- and fourth-straight starts, he shot 59 percent from the field (10-17) and 57 percent from three (4-7) in the contests. Since earning his spot in the starting rotation, Richards is averaging 12.3 points on 51.6 percent shooting from the field and a 50 percent clip from three.
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Monday, Dec. 19

Rice 109, Jarvis Christian 64

  • Monday marked the first time in program history that Rice topped 100 points in back-to-back games.
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Wednesday, Dec. 21

LA Tech 108, Jarvis Christian 52

  • LA Tech forced 22 turnovers, marking the seventh time in 12 games the Bulldogs have forced at least 20 turnovers.

Middle Tennessee 83, Murray State 67

  • Middle Tennessee won the turnover battle for the sixth-straight game (19-12) and turned 19 Murray State turnovers into 25 points.

FIU 79, UIW 74

  • A hot start got FIU off on the right foot as the Panthers shot 65.5 percent (19-29) from the field in the first half.

Florida Atlantic 67, Northern Kentucky 52

  • Dusty May became the winningest coach in Florida Atlantic history with his 77th win on Wednesday evening.

UTEP 75, North Carolina A&T 62

  • UTEP dominated North Carolina A&T in the paint, outscoring the Aggies  48-20 down low.
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Thursday, Dec. 22

South Carolina 65, WKU 58

  • With 28 points against South Carolina, WKU’s Dayvion McKnight has eclipsed 25 points in each of his last three games, averaging 28.3 points per game in that span.

UAB 76, Charlotte 68

  • UAB’s Jelly Walker has scored at least 25 points in 10 of his previous 15 games, dating back to last year’s C-USA Basketball

North Texas 78, UTSA 54

  • North Texas’ Abou Ousmane dropped a career-high 37 points, along with 11 rebounds, in the Mean Green’s conference opening win over UTSA. He shot 15-19 from the field.

Kent State 47, UTEP 46

  • Despite the loss, UTEP’s defense put on a show by limiting Kent State to 32.1 percent shooting from the field and 16 percent shooting from three-point range.
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Thursday, Dec. 29

Charlotte 82, Middle Tennessee 67

  • A career-high 31 points from Brice Williams powered Charlotte to a win over Middle Tennessee, marking the first time the 49ers have beat the Blue Raiders in consecutive meetings.

LA Tech 91, UTSA 69

  • In his first home conference game since Feb. 27, 2021, LA Tech’s Isaiah Crawford led the team with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

Rice 81, WKU 78

  • Rice converted all 10 free-throw attempts in the second half, including four makes by the game’s leading scorer Travis Evee in the final 30 seconds, to help the Owls pull away from WKU.

UAB 79, UTEP 73 (2OT)

  • Jelly Walker tallied 11 of his game-high 25 points in the two overtime periods to lead UAB to a thrilling win over UTEP. He was a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line in the final 10 minutes.

Florida Atlantic 50, North Texas 46

  • Florida Atlantic outscored North Texas 13-0 over the final four min- utes of Thursday’s defensive showdown. A Bryan Greenlee three-pointer - just the third of the game for the Owls - gave FAU the lead for good with 56 seconds remaining.
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Saturday, Dec. 31

Charlotte 68, LA Tech 66

  • Brice Williams followed up his 31-point outing on Thursday with an- other 31-point showout for Charlotte on Saturday, becoming the first 49er with back-to-back 30-point games since Leemire Goldwire in 2008.

North Texas 72, FIU 57

  • A 20-6 North Texas run in the second half helped the Mean Green pull away from FIU in Saturday’s wire-to-wire victory. Tylor Perry led the way for UNT with 20 points on 5-9 shooting from three.

UAB 90, UTSA 67

  • UAB’s backcourt duo of Jordan Walker (28) and Eric Gaines (18) combined for 46 points as the Blazers’ offense went off for 90 points to stay undefeated in C-USA play.

Middle Tennessee 65, WKU 60

  • For the first time since his third career game on Nov. 13, 2019, Eli Lawrence recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in Middle Tennessee’s victory over WKU.

Rice 72, UTEP 67 (OT)

  • A pair of Owls tallied double-doubles in Saturday’s overtime win as Max Fiedler (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Cameron Sheffield (11 points, 16 rebounds) headlined the scoresheet.
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Charlotte’s Brice Williams and Rice’s Mekhi Mason earned Conference USA Men’s Basketball weekly honors. The 2022-23 C-USA Players of the Week awards are voted on by the league’s sports information directors.

Williams put together a career weekend for the 49ers (11-3, 2-1 C-USA) in their home victories over Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech, averaging 31 points and five rebounds per game while shooting 78.2 percent from the field (18-23) and 56 percent from three-point range (5-9). He became the first 49er with back-to-back 30-point games since Leemire Goldwire in 2008.

Mason grabbed his second Freshman of the Week award of the season after helping Rice (11-3, 2-1 C-USA) to a road sweep at WKU and UTEP. He averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals while connecting on 45.5 percent (10-22) from the field, 40.0 percent (4-10) from three and 83.3 percent (5-6) from the free throw line.
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Thursday, Jan. 5

Florida Atlantic 88, UAB 86

  • Johnell Davis doubled his career high with 36 points off the bench to lead Florida Atlantic to its 12th-straight victory a two-point triumph over UAB to vault the Owls into first-place.

FIU 62,  Charlotte 60

  • An Arturo Dean layup with 1:55 remaining - the only made field goal by both teams in the final three minutes secured FIU’s first win in C-USA play in a defensive showdown with Charlotte.

LA Tech 88,  Rice 82 (OT)

  • After surrendering a 17-point lead down the stretch, UTSA came away victorious on a John Buggs III three pointer in the final seconds of the contest.

UTSA 75,  Middle Tennessee 72

  • Cobe Williams now has five outings with at least 16 points, four assists and four steals after he posted 18, eight and four for LA Tech on Thursday.

North Texas 70,  WKU 66

  • North Texas outrebounded WKU 40-26 in Thursday’s meeting with three Mean Green players tallying six rebounds. UNT also edged the Hilltoppers in offensive rebounds by a 15-7 margin.
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Schedule for Saturday, Jan 7th

Charlotte at Florida Atlantic CUSATV 2 p.m.

UTEP at LA Tech CUSATV 3 p.m.

WKU at UTSA Stadium 4 p.m.

North Texas at Middle Tennessee ESPN+ 6 p.m.

UAB at FIU ESPN+ 7 p.m.
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