South Florida and Tulane win early games

South Florida defeated DePaul 76-74 and Tulane overwhelmed Houston 74-52 during the early session of the Conference USA tournament.

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South Florida 76 DePaul 74

South Florida, who finished the regular season with an overall mark of 14-13, came into the tournament as the 10th and pulled a mild upset over the 7th-seeded DePaul Blue Demons, who finished their season at 16-12.

The Bulls hot-shooting was too much for DePaul to overcome. South Florida shot 51% from the field and connected on 11 of 21 3-point attempts.

"I thought it was a good game," said DePaul head coach Dave Leitao following the game. "Both teams made a run but we just came up short. They were able to make a lot of jump shots. Our defense wasn't really as good as it has been during the regular season. They were able to get comfortable and that's what we've done I the past; take teams out of their comfort zone and they were able to make a lot of shots as a result."

South Florida had four players score in double figures, led by guard Reggie Kohn's 23. Andre Brown recorded a double-double in the loss with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

South Florida will now face the 2nd-seeded Memphis Tigers on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

Tulane 74 Houston 52

6th-seeded Tulane pulled away from the 11th-seeded Houston Cougars early and were never threatened.

The hot-shooting continued in the second contest of the day as Tulane shot 52% from the field. They hit 11 3-pointers in a game that was loosely officiated.

Brandon Spann led the Green Wave with 16 points, while Ivan Pjevcevic added 12 and Nick Sinville tossed in 10 points. Houston was led by Louis Truscott's double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Tulane will face Louisville at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

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