Jan. 16, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior guard Aubrey Coleman and junior forward Maurice McNeil each posted double-doubles to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a 74-55 win against Conference USA-rival East Carolina on Saturday evening inside Minges Coliseum.
Coleman, who entered the game as the nation's leading scorer, lived up to that billing with a game-high 25 points and added 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double this season and the 18th of his career. McNeil added 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for his second straight double-double and his fourth during his first season at UH.
It was the second straight game that a pair of Cougars finished with double-doubles. In the Cougar's home win against league-foe UTEP on Wednesday, junior guard Kelvin Lewis posted 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while McNeil finished with 12 points and 10 boards.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 10-7 overall and 3-1 in C-USA games and won for the third time in their last four outings. ECU fell to 6-12 overall and 0-4 in C-USA games.
The Cougars used a solid defensive effort early to build a double-digit lead. East Carolina connected on only one field goal through the first nine minutes as the Cougars compiled a 15-5 lead. The Pirates eventually heated up from the field and pulled to within 30-22 by halftime.
ECU continued to chip away at the Cougar lead and pulled to within 32-28 on Erin Straughn's tip-in with 17:04 remaining in the contest. However, the Cougars used a 25-6 run during the next 7:08 to seize control of the game and never looked back.
The Cougars connected on 45.8 percent (28-of-61) of their shots from the field, including 54.8 percent (17-of-31) in the final 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the Houston defense limited the Pirates to only 31.7 percent (19-of-60) and forced 18 Pirate giveaways.
Senior guard Kelvin Lewis posted 13 points, including four 3-pointers, while junior guard Zamal Nixon came off the bench to score 10 points with two assists, two blocks and three steals to pace the Cougars.
Straughn recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pirates, while Brock Young added 10 points. DaQuan Joner came off the bench to post 12 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
The Cougars returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to league-foe UCF at 7 p.m., Wednesday.
Junior quarterback Case Keenum, who threw for a school record 5,671 yards and added 44 touchdowns, will receive the 2009 Quarterback Award presented by the College Football Performance Award at the beginning of halftime.
In addition, Wednesday's game will be Guys Night Out. For only $20, fans will receive two general-admission tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas. Also, Cougar Dolls posters will be given away throughout the game with a Cougar Dolls autograph session on the concourse following the game.
From there, the team hits the road again to face C-USA rival Memphis at 7 p.m., Jan.23, at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. That game will be televised live on ESPN2.
Fans can purchase men's basketball tickets online 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 improved to 7-1 (.875) in the all-time series against East Carolina... The Cougars improved to 3-2 (.600) against East Carolina in Greenville, N.C.
* Senior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his 14th 20-point game of the 2009-10 season and the 30th 20-point game of his career.
* With 25 points, senior guard Kelvin Lewis moved into 40th place in Houston career history with 1,045 points... Up next in the Houston records book is David Marrs, who scored 1,050 points from 1972-76.
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis competed in his 80th consecutive game and made his 53rd straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.