ORLANDO, Fla. - University of Houston sophomore forward Alandise Harris scored 19 points with six rebounds to lead the Cougars, but it would not be enough as Conference USA rival UCF claimed a 74-63 win inside the UCF Arena.
Harris connected on 8-of-14 shots from the field while playing all but four minutes to pace Houston.
The two teams played a close first half with the Knights taking a 35-32 lead into the locker room at the break. However, UCF used a 12-4 run to start the final period and never led by fewer than seven points the rest of the way.
The Cougars shot 48 percent from the field in the game and limited the Knights to 42 percent, including 3-of-21 shooting from the 3-point line. However, UCF outrebounding the Cougars 44-34 while committing only six turnovers to take the win.
Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas added 14 points with five rebounds and a blocked shot in 26 minutes for Houston.
With the loss, the Cougars dropped their second straight and fell to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in C-USA play. UCF, which won its 15th straight home game, improved to 13-3 overall and 3-0 in league play.
UCF's Isaiah Sykes scored 21 point with 14 rebounds to lead all players, while Keith Clanton finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Marcus Jordan finished totaled 13 points with a pair of 3-pointers, and Josh Crittle added 10 points in the win.
The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion until 8 p.m., Saturday, when they play host to Memphis. That game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network with James Bates calling the play-by-play action and Pete Gillen providing analysis.
At halftime of that game, AcroDunk - a high-energy, slam dunking team that has been featured on NBC's America's Got Talent - will perform its gravity-defying show for all fans.
Fans can hear all Cougar Basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tipoff.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the "GameTracker" link at UHCougars.com.
Fans also can hear live audio via Cougar All-Access at UHCougars.com. Fans should note that a charge is required to watch and hear streamed games on-line. Video from Saturday's game will NOT be available on Cougar All-Access due to CBS Sports Network's broadcast.
Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. In addition, fans also can purchase the Conference USA Pack, which includes eight exciting league games.
In the C-USA Pack, fans can buy Reserved seating to all Saturday men's home games for $99 with General Admission tickets available for only $75.
With the purchase of the Family Fun Plan, fans receive 2 adult and 2 youth general admission tickets to all Saturday C-USA games for only $159. Tickets for additional children are available for only $40 each in this Plan.
Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.
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