Feb. 13, 2010
HOUSTON - University of Houston senior guard Kelvin Lewis posted a season-high 29 points, including four free throws in the final 76 seconds to lift the Cougars to a 66-60 win against Conference USA-rival SMU on Saturday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Lewis, who tied his career high with seven 3-pointers and set another personal best with two blocked shots, connected on 9-of-18 shots from the field while playing every minute in a game for the fifth time this season and the 15th time during his career.
Lewis, who had been working through a shooting slump in recent games, came out hot from the start, hitting four of his first six 3-point attempts on the way to 19 first-half points.
After trailing by as many as 11 points in the second half, SMU used a 14-5 run to tie the game at 50-50 and eventually saw the game tied at 58-58 with only 1:16 remaining in the contest when Papa Dia hit one of two free throws.
On the ensuing possession, senior guard Aubrey Coleman was fouled and converted both free throws to give the Cougars a 60-58 lead with a minute to go. After a missed jumper by SMU's Derek Williams, Lewis rebounded the shot and was fouled, burying both attempts to give the Cougars a 62-58 cushion with 44 seconds left.
Williams answered with a driving layup with 37 seconds left to pull the Mustangs to within 62-60, but that would be as close as SMU would get the rest of the way. Lewis was fouled again with 36 seconds left and nailed both attempts for a 64-60 Houston lead.
Junior guard Zamal Nixon then picked Williams' pocket on the next possession and hit both free throws after being fouled with 20 second left for the final margin of victory.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 13-11 overall, 5-5 in C-USA games, and earned their ninth straight win against the Mustangs. Houston has not lost to SMU since a 94-69 setback in Dallas on Dec. 17, 2000.
SMU dropped to 11-13 overall and 4-6 in C-USA games.
Although they hit only 32.2 percent of their shots from the field, the Cougars limited the Mustangs to only 38.2 percent and committed a season-low two giveaways while forcing 10 SMU turnovers.
Coleman was the only other Cougar to reach double-digit points, scoring 16 points with a pair of steals. Freshman forward Kendrick Washington topped the Cougars with a career-high 10 rebounds, the third straight game that the Shreveport, La., native set or tied his career high in that category.
Williams led the Mustangs with 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists, while Mouhammad Faye added 10 points. Robert Nyakuni and Dia each tied for team-high honors with 10 rebounds apiece.
The Cougars return to action at 6 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, when they meet Conference USA-rival UCF inside UCF Arena.
The 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. The pregame show is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m. (CST)/6:45 p.m. (EST).
The game also can be seen live on CSS (Houston Comcast channel 129) with Matt Stewart calling the play-by-play action and Brian Oliver providing analysis.
Fans can purchase men's basketball tickets online at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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. 11, from Ragin Cajun (9600 Westheimer, Suite 80, Houston, 77063).
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.
Fans also can click the "Ask Coach Penders" button on the main page at UHCougars.com to submit a question that could be asked on the show.
Following the Feb. 11 show, fans can join the next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders at Chili's Too (4800 Calhoun) on the UH campus on Feb. 18.
* With Saturday's win, head coach Tom Penders moved into sole possession of 25th place in NCAA Division I career history with 642 victories... Penders broke out of a tie with Billy Tubbs, who recorded 641 wins at Southwestern, Oklahoma, TCU and Lamar from 1972 to 2006 and with active head coach Gary Williams, who has posted 641 wins at American, Boston College, Ohio State and currently Maryland since 1979... Up next in the NCAA records book is Gene Bartow, who recorded 647 wins at Central Missouri, Valparaiso, Memphis, Illinois, UCLA and UAB from 1962 to 1996.
* With 29 points, senior guard Kelvin Lewis moved into 19th place in Houston career history with 1,304 points... Up next in the Houston records book is Larry Micheaux, who scored 1,324 points from 1979 to 1983.
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis played every minute in a game for the fifth time in 2009-10 and the 15th time during his career.
* With seven 3-pointers, senior guard Kelvin Lewis tied his career high... He equaled the mark done five other times and most recently against Troy (Dec. 14, 2009).
* With two blocks, senior guard Kelvin Lewis set a career high in that category... He topped his previous high of one, done 10 other times and most recently against Conference USA-rival Tulsa (Jan. 9).
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis competed in his 87th consecutive game and made his 60th straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.
* With 16 points, senior guard Aubrey Coleman moved into 24th place in Houston career history with 1,234 points... Up next in the Houston records book is Joe Hamood, who scored 1,237 points from 1963 to 1966.
* Senior forward Sean Coleman tied his career high with three 3-pointers... The Houston native equaled his best at Nevada (Nov. 21, 2009).
* Freshman forward Kendrick Washington posted a career-high 10 rebounds... His total topped his previous high of six rebounds set in the previous two games against C-USA rival Southern Miss (Feb. 6) and at Western Kentucky (Feb. 9).