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Volume 71, Issue 135, Wednesday, April 26, 2006


One day away from C-USA title

After shooting 280, Cougars tie with Memphis for first

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Houston came into Tuesday's round of action sitting in third place, but that didn't last long. The Cougars finished Tuesday with the lowest team score of the day and found themselves tied for first in the 2006 Conference USA Championship. 

The Cougars fired a 280 in the second day of play, giving them a total of 565 to tie Memphis. Houston finished five strokes higher than Monday while the Tigers fell 13 strokes back with a 289 on Tuesday. 

Southern Methodist placed third with a score of 291. While, Central Florida shot a 283 in the second round to put themselves within six strokes of Houston and Memphis. Tulsa stands in fifth, finishing only a stroke behind UCF. Alabama-Birmingham trails Tulsa by five strokes and sits in sixth place. While, Rice fell four spots on the leader board after shooting a 295. Marshall rounded out the top 10 with a second day score of 297 to finish with a 599 overall score. 

Coming into Tuesday, Memphis had two players in the Top three, but the Cougars have charged back to place three players in the Top 10. Memphis' sophomore Kevin Fortin-Simard fell from the top spot to 14th place after a 77 finish in the second round. Benjamin remains tied for third after shooting a 73 in the second round. 

Senior Zach Mowbray leads the pack for the Cougars, moving from 16th to third with a 69 score to tie Memphis freshman Brad Benjamin. Junior Pablo Acuna shot an astronomical 66 on the day to lead all Cougars for the second round. 

Senior Kevin Newman rounded out the Top 10 for the Cougars after he shot a 74. Newman now stands tied for 10th place among three others. Newman, however, fell from fourth place after a 68 finish Monday. 

Junior Ricky Romano and sophomore Jordan Irwin finished the day tied for 29th with a score of three-over-par 147. Romano moved up from 39th and Irwin from 46th. 

The final round of the C-USA Championship will start at 8 a.m. today in West Point, Miss.The Cougars will be looking to capture their first conference championship since 2001. , after winning five straight years between 1997-2001. Houston is the only team in the tournament that has a C-USA Championship.

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