Scores

Final

Southern Miss 77

(15-16, 4-12 C-USA)

UCF 53

(17-14, 7-9 C-USA)

    3:30 PM ET, March 11, 2009

    FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    USM 42 3577
    UCF 25 2853

    Top Performers

    Southern Miss: C. Beasley 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    UCF: A. Tyler 16 Pts, 6 Reb

    Southern Miss. 77, UCF 53

    Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Courtney Beasley and Jeremy Wise scored 19 points apiece as Southern Mississippi defeated Central Florida 77-53 in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday.

    R.L. Horton and Craig Craft also added 16 points apiece for the 11th-seeded Golden Eagles (15-16), who will face No. 3 seed UAB on Thursday. Craft had 11 rebounds and Beasley grabbed nine boards, leading Southern Mississippi to a 38-25 rebounding advantage.

    A.J. Tyler scored 16 points to lead the Knights (17-14), who were 5 of 28 from 3-point range.

    On the day he was named C-USA Player of the Year, Jermaine Taylor managed only 15 points, going 5-for-16 from the field for the Knights. The nation's third leading scorer at 26.6 points per game also went 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

    Taylor's 29.1 scoring average in C-USA games this season set a league record.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USM
    UCF
    Points 77 53
    FG Made-Attempted 27-58 (.466) 20-56 (.357)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-13 (.385) 5-28 (.179)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-25 (.720) 8-12 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 28 4

    2008-09 Season

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