Burks' 29 points leads Marshall past UTSA in C-USA tourney
FRISCO, Texas (AP) C.J. Burks scored 29 points, Ajdin Penava posted a double-double and No. 4 seed Marshall beat fifth-seeded UT San Antonio 95-81 in a Conference USA Conference quarterfinal game Thursday night.
Marshall (22-10) advances to play No. 9 seed Southern Mississippi in a semifinal contest Friday night. The Golden Eagles upset top-seeded Middle Tennessee 71-68 in overtime Thursday.
The Thundering Herd built a 26-11 lead halfway through the first period and led 52-41 at intermission. Marshall made half its 32-shot attempts in the first half, sank all 13 free throws and Burks scored 18, making all nine of his free-throw attempts.
UTSA (19-14) got within striking distance with an 11-2 run that reduced its deficit to 74-69 on Giovanni De Nicolao's jumper with 7:19 left but got no closer. Penava scored 23 points with 12 rebounds and Jannson Williams and Jon Elmore each scored 15.
Updated March 8, 2018