Cougars Edge Billikens 59-58

    Oliver Lafayette shoots against Saint Louis' Dwayne Polk, left, and Ian Vouyoukas.
    Oliver Lafayette shoots against Saint Louis' Dwayne Polk, left, and Ian Vouyoukas.
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    Jan. 29, 2007

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    HOUSTON (AP) -Oliver Lafayette scored 17 points and collected four steals and Jahmar Thorpe added 16 points to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a 59-58 victory over Saint Louis Monday night in Hofheinz Pavilion.

    Both players played prominent roles in the final seconds of the victory. First, Thorpe's jumper from the top of the key gave the Cougars a 59-58 lead with 1:01 left to play in the game.

    Houston (10-9) extended its season-high winning streak to four games and got its sixth home win of the season when Oliver Lafayette stole the ball from Saint Louis forward Ian Vouyoukas with two seconds left on the clock.

    Lafayette helped the Cougars overcome a poor shooting night from leading scorer Robert McKiver. McKiver made just three of his 10 shots and missed each of his three free throws in the game.His final miss at the free throw line came with 23 seconds left to play.

    Kevin Lisch scored a game-high 18 points for the Billikens (13-8). Luke Meyer made five of his nine shots for 11 points and Tommie Liddell added 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for Saint Louis, which has lost three of its last four games.

    The Cougars trailed 34-31 at halftime, but scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 38-34 lead with 16:46 left.

    Back-to-back 3-pointers by Houston-native Danny Brown helped the Billikens regain the lead.

    With 1:57 left, Marcus Malone hit a fadeaway 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Cougars a 57-56 lead. After a driving layup by Meyer put the Billikens back on top 24 seconds later, Thorpe finished the scoring when he found some room at the top of the key.


     

     

    Saint Louis dominated the rebounding game 45-35 as Liddell pulled down a game-high 13 boards while Meyer added 11 for the Billikens.

    Houston, which improved to 10-9 overall this season will play crosstown rival, Rice University, Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion. Both Houston and Rice are in a three-way tie with UCF for second place in the Conference USA standings. The Golden Knights play host to C-USA leader Memphis Wednesday in Orlando.

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