Houston's Desmond Wade, right, drives to the basket past Iowa State's Craig Brackins.
Jan. 3, 2010
AMES, Iowa - Marquis Gilstrap scored eight if his 17 points in the final overtime period to lead Iowa State to an 82-75 win in double overtime against the University of Houston men's basketball team Sunday afternoon inside Hilton Coliseum.
It was Houston's first overtime contest since an 89-85 win against Conference USA-rival UTEP on March 12, 2009, during the C-USA Tournament, and the team's first double-overtime affair since an 86-83 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 7, 2005.
The Cougars used a late basket at the end of regulation to force the first overtime period. Iowa State held a 61-59 lead with 23 seconds remaining following Diante Garrett's bucket and free throw. After a Cougar timeout, junior guard Zamal Nixon was fouled and missed the front end of the 1-and-1. However, senior guard Aubrey Coleman snared the offensive rebound and put up a shot.
Although that shot was off the mark, Wade grabbed the rebound and dished it to junior forward Maurice McNeil in the lane, who laid the ball up and knotted the game at 61-61 with only 1.7 seconds left. An Iowa State desperation shot at the buzzer was off the mark, forcing the first overtime period.
In the first overtime period, the teams battled back and forth before the Cougars claimed a 68-65 lead with 1:37 remaining on Coleman's jumper. ISU forward Craig Brackins was fouled and hit both free throws to pull the Cyclones to within 68-67.
The Cougars wound the shot clock down on their ensuing possession that ended when Nixon missed a 3-pointer. However, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native tied up the rebound grabbed by ISU's Scott Christopherson with the possession pointing the Cougars' way with only 33 seconds to go.
Junior guard Adam Brown was fouled with 30 seconds remaining, converting his first free throw but missing the second for a 69-67 Houston lead. With time winding down, Garrett drove down the right side and banked his shot off the glass to tie the game at 69-69 with only six seconds to go, forcing the second extra period.
As a team, the Cougars converted 6-of-12 free throw attempts off 12 ISU fouls in the entire game. Meanwhile, the Cyclones hit 21-of-31 attempts from the charity stripe off 25 Houston fouls.
Iowa State grabbed control of the second overtime period quickly, scoring the first seven points on a two layups from Gilstrap and a 3-pointer from Lucca Staiger. The Cougars rallied to pull within 79-73 on Coleman's layup with 33 seconds to go but could get no closer in dropping their second straight game to the Cyclones.
With the loss, the Cougars dropped their third straight game and fell to 7-6. Iowa State improved to 10-3.
Coleman led all players with 28 points and was one of three Cougars to grab nine rebounds. Lewis added 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and tied his career best with nine rebounds despite fouling out at the end of regulation. Wade posted 15 points with five rebounds and three assists while playing 39 minutes.
Despite facing a starting ISU frontcourt that featured players with heights of 6-11, 6-10 and 6-7, the Cougars outrebounded the Cyclones 49-45 and forced 15 ISU turnovers, turning those into 11 points.
Staiger led the Cyclones with 18 points off six 3-pointers, while Gilstrap finished with 17 points. Brackins posted 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting with a game-high 11 rebounds, and Garrett added 11 points with six assists and four steals in the win.
The Cougars open their Conference USA season when they meet crosstown-rival Rice at 8 p.m., Wednesday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus.
Fans can hear the game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 7:45 p.m.
Fans also can watch the game live on CSS (Houston Comcast channel 129).
Fans can purchase basketball tickets on-line at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.
* Houston fell to 3-2 in the all-time series against Iowa State... Houston fell to 1-2 against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.
* Senior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his 10th 20-point game of the 2009-10 season and the 26th of his career.
* Playing so many minutes, several Cougars tied or topped their career best in minutes played... 44 (Aubrey Coleman tied, UTEP, 3/12/09); 40 (Maurice McNeil topped, 31, vs. The Citadel, 12/21/09); 39 (Desmond Wade tied, vs. Western Kentucky, Nov. 15, 2008; vs. Presbyterian, Nov. 11, 2008); 20 (Kendrick Washington topped, 15, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Dec, 6, 2009).
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis competed in his 76th consecutive game and made his 49th straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.
* Junior forward Kahmell Broughton made the first start of his collegiate career.