Men's Basketball's Rally Comes Up Short

Jan. 3, 2007

Final Stats

The University of Houston men's basketball team had the University of Kentucky right where it wanted in a highly competitive game last Wednesday night (Jan. 3) before 22,311 Wildcat fans in Rupp Arena.

The Cougars trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, and were trailing 22-10 with 12:40 left in the opening period when Dion Dowell scored 13 points to pull Houston to within 26-23. Then, Robert McKiver scored five points and Robert Lee added another lay-up to pull Houston to within 31-30 with 5:01 left before halftime.

However, Kentucky outscored the Cougars, 8-2, the remainder of the period for 39-32 lead at intermission.

In the second half, Houston tied the score for the first time, 44-44, with 17:01 left to play when Oliver Lafayette hit Jahmar Thorpe for a lay-up.

After the Wildcats regained a six-point lead, 60-54, Houston tied the score a second time when Lafayette and Marcus Malone nailed consecutive three-point shots.

Once again, Kentucky took a three-point lead, 68-65, when Randolph Morris made two free throws after being fouled by Malone. On Houston's next possession, the Cougars tied the score a third time when Lafayette scored three-points the old fashioned way with a lay-up and a free throw after being fouled by Kentucky's Joe Crawford with 2:49 left.

But, Morris made a turn-around jumper in the lane to give the Wildcats the lead for good. On Houston's next possession, Lafayette missed a three-point shot just right of the key before Dowell fouled Sheray Thomas. Thomas missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Jodie Meeks grabbed the rebound for the Wildcats.



Meeks scored a lay-up, and was fouled by Dowell. He made the free throw to give Kentucky at 73-68 lead with 1:57 left to play.

The Cougars never challenged again as Kentucky went on to win 77-70.

Morris led the Wildcats with 20 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double.

Lafayette led Houston with 19 points and six assists. He scored 16 points in the second half.

Dowell finished with 18 points and Robert McKiver added 16 points and five assists.

The Cougars, who lost their fourth straight game and fell to 5-7, open Conference USA play on Thursday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion.

Kentucky, which won its seventh in a row, begins conference play Saturday at Mississippi.

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