New Orleans (SBC) - There were four other Sun Belt Conference games Thursday night.
Florida Atlantic Improves to 5-0 in SBC Play for First Time in School History
MURFREESBORO, TN - Raymond Taylor scored a career high 26 points in the Florida Atlantic's 71-61 over Middle Tennessee on Thursday night.
The Owls' first half defense was once again the story as they held the Blue Raiders to just 19 points and went to the locker room up seven, 26-19.
Troy Outscores WKU by 20 in Second Half to Down Hilltoppers
TROY, AL - Troy shot just 25 percent in the first half, but tied a season-high for points in a half in the 2nd and got a lift from Travis Lee as the team picked up its first Sun Belt win of the year over WKU 82-68 on Thursday night in Sartain Hall.
Although the Trojans rebounded the ball well in the opening half, they struggled to put the ball in the basket. Troy out-rebounded the Hilltoppers 29-19 before the break, but shot just 25 percent from the field.
The Trojans (3-13, 1-3 SBC) connected on only 10-of-40 field goals in the first half, compared to Western Kentucky (5-10, 0-3) who shot over 42 percent from the floor.
"It's nice to see the team happy after a game," Troy head coach Don Maestri said. "They were as excited in the locker room as any team we've ever had. That's how important a victory was for this basketball team. They've gone through some things that no team since I've been here has had to go through, form injuries to travel to chemistry problems.
North Texas Outlasts FIU, 87-77
DENTON, Texas (1/13/11) - The North Texas men's basketball team extended its home-winning streak to 16 games in an 87-77 victory against FIU on Thursday night at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green improves to 14-3 and 3-1 in conference play, while the Golden Panthers fall to 8-8 and 3-1 in the Sun Belt. NT extends its series record against FIU to 10-3.
UALR Sets School Record for Treys; Downs ULM 81-50
LITTLE ROCK - The UALR men's basketball team torched the nets for a school-record 17 three pointers en route to an 81-50 win over ULM on Thursday night at the Jack Stephens Center. The Trojans (10-9, 2-1 SBC) shot a blistering 65.4 percent from three-point range (17-of-26) and received a career-high 26 points from senior Solomon Bozeman on the way to their second-straight victory.
Bozeman scored 18 points in the first half as UALR built a 43-28 lead at the break after connecting on 10-of-15 three-point attempts over the first 20 minutes. UALR didn't lose its hot hand in the second half, as the Trojans made 7-of-11 from beyond the arc and were never seriously threatened by the Warhawks (5-13, 0-4 SBC).