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CUSA, Southern and MEAC basketball
Jan. 17, 2014 @ 01:46 PM

Florida Atlantic 78, East Carolina 67
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Jackson Trapp scored 23 points and hit 6 of 11 from beyond the arc as Florida Atlantic won its first home game as a member of Conference USA, beating East Carolina 78-67 on Thursday night.
Florida Atlantic (6-11, 2-1) went on an 11-2 run late in the second half to take a 65-57 lead with 5:35 to play. Florida Atlantic trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and didn't lead until the 15:33 mark in the second.
Justin Raffington and Pablo Bertone each added 12 points apiece for Florida Atlantic. Raffington led the Owls with 14 rebounds.
East Carolina (11-6, 0-2) shot just 36.8 percent from the field. Akeem Richmond led the Pirates with 20 points.
Florida Atlantic has won three of its last four after suffering a four-game losing streak.


Charlotte 90, Tulsa 86, OT
CHARLOTTE (AP) — Pierria Henry led a balanced offense with 18 points as Charlotte edged Tulsa 90-86 in overtime on Thursday.
Henry's basket with 9 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 76 and Tulsa's last-second 3-point attempt was off the mark.
In overtime, Denzel Ingram hit two 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help Charlotte (11-5, 2-1 Conference USA) edge Tulsa (7-10, 2-1). Ingram's second 3-pointer put the 49ers up 84-78 with 3:07 left.
Tulsa cut the lead to 88-86 with 2 seconds left on a dunk from Shaquille Harrison, but Ben Cherry made two free throws with a second remaining as Charlotte held on.
Henry posted nine rebounds and eight assists. Ingram scored 17 and Terrence Williams had 14. Mike Thorne Jr. had 13 points and 11 rebounds while Willie Clayton had 10.
Tulsa had two scorers post career-highs, with Harrison scoring 26 and Rashad Ray 19. James Woodard added 13.


Elon 87, Davidson 85, OT
DAVIDSON (AP) — Lucas Troutman scored 28 points and finished with 12 rebounds to lead Elon in a second-half comeback and 87-85 overtime victory over Davidson on Thursday night.
The score was tied up at the half (37), but Davidson managed to push out to a 14-point lead with 4:45 remaining on the clock. The Phoenix (10-8, 3-1 Southern) bounded back, outscoring Davidson 16-2 in the remaining minutes of regulation to tie up the game with two seconds remaining. Troutman scored four of the last seven points in regulation for the Phoenix.
A layup by Tyler Kalinoski for the Wildcats in overtime brought the game within one, and Elon responded by hitting all three of its final free throws to hang on to the lead.
De'Mon brooks finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds for Davidson (7-11, 3-1).
Troutman has scored in double figures in 13 of Elon's last 15 games.


Chattanooga 80, Appalachian St. 70
BOONE (AP) — Z. Mason had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, and Chattanooga won its seventh in a row with an 80-70 victory on Thursday night at Appalachian State.
Chattanooga (11-8, 5-0 Southern Conference) built a 40-29 halftime advantage and Appalachian State got no closer than within eight in the second.
The Mocs were 8 of 15 from beyond the arc, including Mason's 3-of-4 3-point shooting. Mason's six blocks tied a career high and his double-double was the seventh in his last eight games.
Casey Jones added 14 points and 11 rebounds, Martynas Bareika scored 16 and Ronrico White added 13 points for Chattanooga.
Though Appalachian State (4-13, 0-4) failed to challenge the outcome in the second half, it managed to outscore Chattanooga 41-40 after the break.
Jay Canty scored 18 points for the Mountaineers. Mike Neal added 16 points, Tab Hamilton had 12 points and Michael Obacha had 10.


UNC Greensboro 69, The Citadel 65, OT
GREENSBORO (AP) — Kayel Locke scored 21 points and Kyle Caine added 20 as UNC Greensboro recovered from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat The Citadel 69-65 in overtime on Thursday night.
UNC Greensboro (10-9, 3-1 Southern) trailed throughout the entire second half until Locke hit a layup with 2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score. Matt Van Scyoc missed a 3-point attempt for the Bulldogs, and the game was sent to overtime.
The Spartans outscored The Citadel 7-2 in the first 1:48 of overtime to take a 5-point lead. A 3-pointer by Van Scyoc cut the difference to a one possession game, but Locke finished with three more points to keep UNC Greensboro ahead.
Ashton Moore scored 21 points for the Bulldogs (4-15, 0-4), and Van Scyoc added 16 points along with 11 rebounds.
Locke and Cain combined for 11 of the final 15 points for the Spartans.


N.C. Central 71, NJIT 55
DURHAM (AP) — Jay Copeland scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading North Carolina Central over NJIT 71-55 on Thursday night.
Copeland's second straight double-double, and third of his career, helped propel the Eagles (10-5) to their 15th consecutive home-court victory dating to March 3, 2011. Jordan Parks scored 14 points and Jeremy Ingram added 10 in the Eagles' first meeting against the Highlanders (8-11).
The Eagles led the entire way, taking a 12-point halftime lead after leading by 17 at one point. Their largest lead of 28 points came with 4:29 left on Alfonzo Houston's basket that made the score 70-42.
NC Central dominated the paint, where it outscored NJIT 40-10, and also took advantage of 22 Highlander turnovers, which it turned into 22 points.
Damon Lynn led the Highlanders with 19 points.