HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore forward Danrad Knowles poured in a career-high 31 points, but it would not be enough as the Cougars dropped a 68-65 decision to American Athletic Conference rival Tulane on Saturday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Knowles connected on 11-of-15 from the field and sank 7-of-9 free throw tries for the first 30-point game of his career. The Nassau, Bahamas, native became only the 55th player in school history to score 30+ points in a game and nearly equaled his previous career high of 22 points with 19 in the first 20 minutes against the Green Wave.
Knowles became the second Cougar to post 30 points in a game this season, joining junior guard Jherrod Stiggers, who totaled 33 points against Houston Baptist on Dec. 16.
The Cougars broke out of a shooting slump, hitting 47.9 percent of their 48 attempts from the field while committing only eight turnovers. However, Tulane outrebounded Houston 37-26 and used 16 offensive rebounds to lead the Cougars 10-4 in second-chance points.
Tulane scored the game's first eight points before the Cougars erupted on a 20-4 run over the next 7:18. The two teams battled back and forth from there and were deadlocked at 33-33 at the break.
In the second half, Tulane jumped out to a 50-43 lead after a pair of free throws from Jonathan Stark with 12 minutes remaining, but the Cougars answered with a 10-0 run and grabbed a 53-50 lead on junior forward Devonta Pollard's jumper with 7:04 to go.
With 4:41 remaining, Knowles buried a pair of free throws to give Houston a 60-57 lead. However, the Green Wave scored nine of the game's next 11 points to build a lead it would never relinquish. During that run, Tulane hit 7-of-8 tries from the charity stripe while taking advantage of two missed field goal attempts, two missed free throw attempts and a pair of turnovers from the Cougars.
Pollard scored 16 points for Houston and fell just a rebound shy of a double-double, while junior guard LeRon Barnes added six points and tied for game-high honors with nine boards.
Tulane guard Louis Dabney posted 18 points with three treys, while Stark added 15 points, thanks to a 6-of-6 effort from the free throw line. Dylan Osetkowski came off the bench to score 10 points with seven rebounds, while Tre Dye led the Green Wave with nine rebounds.
Danrad Knowles scored a career-high 31 points to lead Houston (7-10, 0-6).
Houston returns to action at 6 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, when it meets American Athletic Conference rival Cincinnati inside Fifth Third Arena.
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.
Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on ESPNews with Mike Patrick calling the play-by-play and Len Elmore providing analysis. Fans also can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
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Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.
Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.
The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.
For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.
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