Feb. 6, 2008
HOUSTON -- Senior guard Robert McKiver picked right up where he left off last Saturday night when he poured in a game-high 33 points to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a 92-81 win over Conference USA opponent Tulsa Wednesday night in Hofheinz Pavilion.
McKiver scored 26 of his 33 in the first half after shooting 6-for-8 from behind the three-point line, 8-of-13 overall from the field and he made all four of his free throws.
The 26 points were the most points McKiver has scored in any one half during his UH career and came after he netted 23 of his 31 points in the second half at UCF last Saturday night.
This marks the first time in his career that McKiver has scored 30 points in back-to-back game. The 33 points against Tulsa also marks the fifth game this season and ninth-game during the past two years in which he has scored 30 points.
He becomes the fifth player in UH history to record 30 points as he joins Elvin Hayes, Otis Birdsong, Rob Williams and Don Boldebuck to accomplish the feat.
In addition to McKiver's 33 points, senior point guard Lanny Smith added 11 points and dished out five assists for the Cougars. Sophomore guard Kelvin Lewis scored 15 points and senior forward Tafari Toney added 13 points.
The Cougars' press defense kept Tulsa off-balance through the game, as UH forced 21 Golden Hurricane turnovers, leading to 23 points.
The game began with both teams exchanging baskets over the first five minutes. Tied at 8-8, the Cougars ripped off a 20-7 run to take a 28-15 advantage as McKiver sank his first four attempts from behind the three-point arc.
Tulsa kept the Cougars within striking distance, cutting UH's lead to eight at 48-40 with just over a minute left in the half.
McKiver then knocked down back-to-back treys in the final minute to push the Cougar advantage to 14, as Houston took a 54-40 lead into halftime.
After trailing by as many as 17 in the second half, Tulsa rode a 7-2 run to get within 10 at 77-67 with 7:45 left to play. The Golden Hurricane couldn't get any closer, as Houston responded with a 15-6 run of its own to push the lead to 19 at 92-73. Five different Cougars scored during that stretch with Toney netting five, Smith and Lewis scoring three each, along with Dowell and McKiver tallying two each.
McKiver's jumper capped the rally as Houston held on for a 92-81 victory.
The Cougars return to action when they travel to New Orleans to face C-USA foe Tulane 2 pm Saturday at Fogelman Arena.