Western Kentucky are the most talented team in this league, but Old Dominion has had the more impressive half-season thus far. Marshall, the reigning tournament champs upset ODU on the road to open conference play are a wild card with Jon Elmore and CJ Burks pulling the strings are always a threat. We were treated to all three of these teams early this week.
Marshall upset ODU. Western got out to a big 21-0 lead on Old Dominion at the Ted Constant Convocation Center and dropped a heart breaking game. The harassing, lengthy defense by the Monarchs go them back into the game and clutch shot making down the stretch put it away. The Monarchs are heavily reliant on BJ Stith and Ahmad Caver and that is only bad when they are not playing well. They stepped up after struggling in the first half and that helped ODU complete the comeback.
For Western, there was a lot to like as freshman Charles Bassey was dominant for stretches. He scored 19 and grabbed 12 rebounds while adding three blocks. He turned the ball over five times and committed four fouls however.
This was a tough loss but there is plenty of time to figure things out. Western is still the most talented team and this regular season can be thought of as a chance to add the missing experience.
Southern Miss 62
North Texas 65
G Michael Miller score the winning layup and then prevented USM’s Cortez Edwards from getting the ball late and USM lost a heart breaker. LaDavius Draine made four threes but rattled one out — super unlucky — that would have put the Gold Eagles up four with under a minute remaining that could have sealed things. NT scored the go-ahead bucket after that.N
These two battled to a close first half before UAB showed their talent and pulled away in the second. Devon Andrews had 20 for FIU and Lewis Sullivan had 22 for UAB
Louisiana Tech 66
Yes, you read that correctly. Tech completed a poor week in hoops as they went 0-2 against NT and Rice this week. Tech went cold down the stretch as injuries and a short rotation took their toll. Rice’s Ako Adams added 16 for the Owls
The Roadrunners swept the season series this week as they followed up their blow out win on Thursday by winning in El Paso yesterday. The Miners were injured and missing Jordan Lathon, but led by as many as nine early in the second half. UTSA pulled back in and never trailed after the 11 min mark.
CJ Burks got a big layup to give Marshall the winning margin with 31 seconds left. Jon Davis missed the game-winning three pointer that would have won it and given him 40. Instead he finished with 37 points and 7 assists. Burks led Marshall with 25 points on 9/16 shooting.
Anthony Adger put up 33 as FU battled back from a seven-point half time deficit to pull away from MTSU. Middle led 27-12 late in the first half and shot 45.1% for the game but turned the ball over 22 times.