UTSA is 4-0 in conference play and that means they are the leaders, but Marshall has been the more impressive team and they have Jon Elmore. The Power Rankings come out on Wednesday, so we will stop there.
Jon Davis leads the league in scoring at 27 per game (in league play) and he has a good 7-point lead on BJ Stith (20ppg). Thus far we know who the talent is, but the early season has shown that anyone can beat anyone on a given night in this league.
That little momentum Rice had died as UTSA came in and dominated.
North Texas 58
This was an ugly game from both sides but North Texas had too much for the young Miners in El Paso
ODU struggled all game and yes, one of the Caver-Stith duo struggled (BJ Stith only had 9) and that can sum this up a bit. Xavian Stapleton led the owls with 23.
Jon Davis had 24 points but turned the ball over on the final effective possession. Brian Beard Jr. struggled but came up with a huge free throw and a huge steal late.
La Tech 64
Tech came home and finally looked a bit like themselves. JaColby Pemberton had five threes.
Southern Miss 77
Southern Miss jumped out big and held off a mini-rally by Middle.
North Texas 74
Jhivvan Jackson scored a turnaround desperation, one-hander to put UTSA up by two. North Texas was down 9 points late in the final 6 minutes but came back to tie it twice. Jackson and Keaton Wallace struggled but big contributions from Nick Allen and the rest of the Roadrunners put UTSA over the top.
Jon Davis had 24 as the 49ers pulled away in the last five minutes to win in Florida for their first league win.
La Tech 73
There is nothing like home, apparently. Tech rolled in this one, pulling away in the second half.
Southern Miss 73
LaDavius Draine hit a huge three to pull ahead of the Blazers with about 30 seconds to go. UAB fell apart there. Zack Bryant turned the ball over in the final seconds and Southern Miss got a big home win.
Ahmad Caver did not make the game-winner but he made it happen by attacking the rim, allowing Dajour Dickens to get the big put-back with a second left. Brian Beard Jr. had a nice bounce-back game with 28 points to pace the Panthers. Caver and Stith combined for 41.
Western Kentucky 69
The game of the day was an epic battle that saw Marshall rally — or the Hilltoppers blow a 15-point lead depending on your perspective. Jannson Williams hit the big three to give the Herd the lead with 21 ticks left. Freshman Taevion Kinsey had 23 for Marshall and Jon Elmore managed 21 and 5 assists.
An epic game-winner from Jordan Lathon put UTEP over the top in this crazy game in El Paso. Look at this: