Cougars Edge Hurricane In Tulsa
Jan. 20, 2007
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -Dion Dowell scored 21 points and Robert McKiver added 20 to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a 69-67 victory over Tulsa Saturday night in the Reynolds Center.
Houston (7-9, 2-2 in Conference USA) snapped Tulsa's 15-game winning streak and survived a last second three-point attempt by Charles Ramsdell at the buzzer for the victory.
Dowell scored eight of his points midway in the first half when he scored on a jumper and back-to-back three point shots to give Houston an early 23-14 lead. The two teams fought back and fourth the rest of the opening half as the Cougars went into the halftime locker room with a 33-27 lead.
In the second Houston extended its lead to 12, 50-38, with 13:47 left to play when Robert McKiver nailed a three-point shot from the top of the key. The Golden Hurricane answered with a lay-up by Ramsdell before Jahmar Thorpe added a jump shot from the right baseline.
After Tulsa (12-5, 2-2 in C-USA) closed to within eight, Thorpe made both of his two free throws to give the Cougars a 56-46 lead with eight minutes to play.
That is when the Golden Hurricane began a furious comeback. First, Ben Ozoh and Sam Mitchell hit back-to-back lay-ups to pull Tulsa to within six with 3:00 left.
Thorpe scored a lay-up and Oliver Lafayette nailed a three-point basket from the right key to give the Cougars a 63-55 lead with 1:41 left to play. After Ozoh made one of his two free throws, Lafayette made two free throws to give the Cougars a 65-56 lead with 1:15 lead.
Tulsa wouldn't go away though as the Golden Hurricane answered with a three-point field goal by Darold Crow and a lay-up by Ozoh to pull to within four, 65-61.
After Lafayette made one of his two free throws on Houston's next possession, Rod Earls nailed a three-point basket on the right wing to pull Tulsa to within two, 66-64 with 28 seconds to play.
Lafayette was fouled again on Houston's next possession and made both of his free throws to give the Cougars a 68-64 lead.
The Hurricane came right back with a three-point shot by Ozoh to close to within 68-67 with 11 seconds to play. Houston in-bounded the ball to McKiver, who made one of his two free throws with seven seconds.
Tulsa worked the ball to Ramsdell at the top of the key, but his shot went wide to give Houston the victory.
With the win, Houston won its first true road game since opening the season with a 102-99 overtime victory at Rhode Island.
In addition to Dowell and McKiver's combined 41 points, Lafayette and Thorpe finished with 13 points each. Nick Mosley came off the bench to score two points and grab seven rebounds in 13 minutes.
The Cougars return home to host UCF next Wednesday night, January 24, at Hofheinz Pavilion in a game that tips off at 7:05 p.m.
Uzoh led Tulsa with 18 points, followed by Ramsdell with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Ray Reese with 11 points.