Thursday, March 11, 2004

C-USA TOURNAMENT



The Cincinnati Enquirer

At U.S. Bank Arena

Tickets: For sessions 3-4, $30 per session. Sessions 5-6, $35 per session.

Wednesday's results:

No. 5 Charlotte 78, No. 12 Tulane 48

No. 9 TCU 64, No. 8 Marquette 62

No. 6 Louisville 61, No. 11 East Carolina 54

No. 7 St. Louis 52, No. 10 Southern Miss 46

Today's schedule

1 p.m. - No. 5 Charlotte vs. No. 4 UAB (ESPN Plus)

3:30 p.m. - No. 9 TCU vs. No. 1 DePaul (ESPN Plus)

7 p.m. - No. 6 Louisville vs. No. 3 Cincinnati (Channel 19)

9:30 p.m. - No. 7 St. Louis vs. No. 2 Memphis (ESPN Plus)

Friday's schedule

4:30 p.m. - Semifinal No. 1 (ESPN)

7 p.m. - Semifinal No. 2 (ESPN Plus)

Saturday's schedule

11:41 a.m. - Championship game (CBS)

WEDNESDAY'S REPLAY

Top performers

• Curtis Withers, F, Charlotte: 10 points, 12 rebounds.

• Travis Diener, G, Marquette: 31 points, 7 three pointers, 37 minutes played.

• Demon Brown, G, Charlotte: 15 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds.

• Francisco Garcia, F, Louisville: 22 points, 5 rebounds, 35 minutes.

• Erroyl Bing, G, East Carolina: 13 rebounds.

Upset of the day

Ahead by as many as 13 points early in the second half, TCU's lead turned into a seven-point deficit with 4:47 remaining.

Junior guard Corey Santee tied the game at 58 with 2:26 remaining with a floating shot, and later gave the Horned Frogs a 64-62 lead with another high-arcing shot with eight seconds left. Marquette missed a layup as time expired.

Quote of the day

"I don't think we came up here planning on enjoying the great food here  . . The food in Fort Worth is pretty good, too. We could've stayed there. But we came up here to play basketball and play as well as we can."

-TCU coach Neil Dougherty.

Noteworthy

Attendance during the first session was 11,876 . . . TCU's win was its first ever in the C-USA tournament . . . Marquette guard Travis Diener's 31 points tied a career high and tied Junior Blount for fourth-most in tournament history.




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CONFERENCES
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Santee's shot the difference for Frogs vs. Golden Eagles
Conference awards
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