Jan. 30, 2010
HOUSTON - University of Houston senior guard Aubrey Coleman scored 37 points with 13 rebounds to lead the Cougars to an 81-66 win against Conference USA-rival Marshall on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Coleman, who recorded his fifth double-double of 2009-10 and the 19th of his career, buried 11-of-23 shots from the field and nailed 14-of-17 attempts from the free throw line for the second-highest point total of his career.
Ironically, it trailed only the 38 points he scored against Thundering Herd on Feb. 18, 2009, in Huntington, W.Va.
After scoring nine points on 4-of-11 shooting in the first half, the Houston native posted 28 points in the final 20 minutes on 7-of-12 shooting for his final total. It was his sixth 30-point game this season and the ninth of his career, tying with Don Boldebuck for fifth most in school history.
Coleman, who entered the game as the nation's leader in both scoring and steals, boosted his season scoring average to 26.2 points per game.
The Cougars took a 32-27 lead into the locker room at the break and then used a big run early in the second half to seize control of the game. After a pair of free throws pulled Marshall to within 38-31 with 16:21 remaining in the game, the Cougars used a 17-4 run during the next four minutes to build a 55-35 lead and would never be threatened again.
After hitting only 35.1 percent in the first half, the Cougars connected on 15-of-28 shots in the final 20 minutes and limited Marshal to only 37.9 percent shooting in each half.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in league games. Marshall dropped its fourth straight game and fell to 15-6 overall and 4-3 in C-USA games.
Coleman was one of four Cougars to reach double digits. Junior forward Maurice McNeil added 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while freshman forward Kendrick Washington - making the first start of his career - and senior guard Kelvin Lewis posted 10 points apiece.
Guard Chris Lutz led Marshall with 13 points, while Damier Pitts and Antonio Haymon each added 10 points. Freshman forward Hassan Whiteside posted 10 points in the loss.
The Cougars used early foul trouble by Whiteside in the first half to break open a close game. Averaging 13.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, Whiteside picked up his second foul with 11:10 remaining in the opening period.
Houston took advantage of the absence of the Herd's big man to go on an 11-2 run during the next 2:36 for a 22-11 lead on Lewis' 3-pointer at the 8:36 mark.
The Cougars return to action at 9 p.m. (CST)/8 p.m. (EST) Wednesday when they meet Conference USA-rival UTEP at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. That game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action.
Fans also can watch the game live on CBS College Sports (DirecTV channel 613/Dish Network channel 152) with Jason Knapp calling the play-by-play action and Pete Gillen providing analysis.
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Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.
The radio show airs live from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays for the remainder of the season. The next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders will broadcast live on Thursday, Feb. 4, from Bubba's Sports Bar & Grill (6225 Washington).
The show can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com and will be hosted by the "Voice of the Cougars" Tom Franklin.
Fans are invited to join Penders and Franklin at the selected restaurant each week as the duo discusses recent Cougar Basketball action and upcoming games, college basketball, the world of sports and much more.
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* Senior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his 17th 20-point game of the 2009-10 season and the 33rd 20-point game of his career.
* With 37 points, senior guard Aubrey Coleman moved into 27th place in Houston career history with 1,144 points... Up next in the Houston records book is Don Boldebuck, who scored 1,162 points from 1954 to 1956.
* With six 30-point games in 2009-10, senior guard Aubrey Coleman moved into sole possession of eighth place in Houston single-season history.. Up next in the Houston records book are Robert McKiver (2007-08) and Rob Williams (1980-81), who enjoyed nine 30-point games during their respective seasons.
* With eight career 30-point games, senior guard Aubrey Coleman trails Rob Williams (12, 1979-82) in Houston career history.
* With 10 points, senior guard Kelvin Lewis moved into 22nd place in Houston career history with 1,242 points... Up next in the Houston records book is Cecile Rose, who scored 1,244 points from 1974 to 1978.
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis competed in his 83rd consecutive game and made his 56th straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.
* With 39 minutes played, freshman forward Kendrick Washington set a career high in that category... His total topped his previous high of 30 minutes at Memphis on Jan. 23, 2010.