UALR 57, SMU 47
Solomon Bozeman scored 17 points to lead three
Arkansas-Little Rock players in double figures Friday as the
Trojans turned a nine-point halftime deficit into a 57-47 victory
over SMU, which scored just 17 points in an ice-cold second half.
The Mustangs led 40-36 at the 11:03 mark of the second half
after a free throw by Mike Walker. They didn't score for more than
eight minutes until Rodney Clinkscales hit a 3-pointer at 3:02 to
draw within 48-43.
The Trojans (1-0) sealed the win at the free-throw line, hitting
9 of 10 while SMU (0-1) missed six of its final seven shots and
finished the game shooting just 27 percent (13 of 48).
Courtney Jackson and Eric Kibi each had 11 points for
Arkansas-Little Rock. Clinkscales was the only SMU player in double
figures while Papa Dia grabbed 12 rebounds to go with three blocks.
WKU 98, St. Joseph's 70
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Sergio Kerush - the Preseason Player of the
Year in the Sun Belt Conference - scored a game-high 31 points on
11 of 15 shooting to lead Western Kentucky past St. Joseph's 98-70
on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Kerush also grabbed nine rebounds and shot 6 of 8 from
The Hilltoppers shot 51.4 percent in the first half as they
amassed a 48-38 halftime lead. Western Kentucky's hot shooting
continued in the second half as the Hilltoppers hit 21 of 29
attempts (72.4 percent) and outscored the Hawks 50-32.
Juan Pattillo and Steffphon Pettigrew each scored 17 points for
Western Kentucky and Pattillo had 12 rebounds to complete the
Carl Jones scored 17 points for St. Joseph's in the loss.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak in season-opening
games for the Hawks.
Texas Tech 86, ULM 67
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Brad Reese collected 15 points and eight
rebounds as Texas Tech beat Louisiana-Monroe 86-67 on Friday night
in the season opener for both teams.
David Tairu added 13 points and Mike Singletary 10 for Texas
Tech. Eleven players scored for the Red Raiders, who shot 54.8
percent from the floor.
Kansas State transfer Fred Brown led Louisiana-Monroe with 25
points and made seven 3-pointers. Lawrence Gilbert added 18 points.
A 14-2 Texas Tech run spanning almost five minutes of the second
half took the air out of the Warhawks. Jaye Crockett put an
exclamation point on the Red Raiders victory with a right-handed
tomahawk dunk with 1:46 remaining.
It was the 11th consecutive opening-game win for Texas Tech.
FIU 89, Florida Memorial 73
MIAMI (AP) - DeJuan Wright scored 21 points and grabbed 14
rebounds as Florida International defeated Florida Memorial 89-73
on Friday night to open Isiah Thomas' second season as the
Wright led four FIU players in double figures. Eric Frederick
added 16 points and nine rebounds, Marvin Roberts had 14 points and
Phil Gary had 12 points and four assists.
Antwan Baggs led Florida Memorial (0-1) with 14 points, seven
rebounds and four 3-pointers. Giorgio Gramegna added 13 points and
eight rebounds for the Lions.
FIU shot 54 percent on 34-of-63 shooting while Florida Memorial
shot 43.9 percent on 25-of-57 shooting. The Lions lost the ball 18
times to nine FIU turnovers.
FIU, which beat Florida Memorial by just six last season, opened
the second half on an 18-4 run. The Panthers' biggest lead was