HOUSTON - University of Houston senior forward Devonta Pollard led all players with 16 points, and senior guard LeRon Barnes and junior forward Danrad Knowles added 13 points apiece as the Cougars claimed an 82-58 win over UCF on Saturday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Pollard connected on 8-of-9 tries from the free throw line for his fourth straight game with double-digit points and added three rebounds with a pair of steals. Barnes hit 5-of-7 from the field on the way to his point total and tied with junior center Bertrand Nkali for game-high honors with seven rebounds. Knowles connected on 4-of-5 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line to go along with six rebounds.
The Cougars did a little of everything well against their American Athletic Conference rival to snap a three-game losing streak against the Knights. Houston connected on 50 percent from the field in each half and buried 81.8 percent of their 22 tries from the free throw line.
The Cougars outrebounded a UCF team that included 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall and 6-foot-10, 325-pound center Justin McBride 40-31 and forced 14 Knight turnovers with only seven giveaways of their own.
With the win, the Cougars won for the fifth time in their last six games and moved to 18-7 overall and 8-5 in American Athletic Conference play. UCF dropped to 11-12 overall and 5-7 in league action.
UCF jumped out to a 5-4 lead on A.J. Davis' 3-pointer at the 17:52 mark, but the Cougars scored the game's next seven points and never led by fewer than four points the rest of the way. Houston closed out the first half on an 18-8 run for a 40-25 lead at the break.
Guard Matt Williams led the Knights with 13 points and three 3-pointers, while Shaheed Davis came off the bench to post 10 points. Four Knights led the way with four rebounds apiece, while guard Daiquan Walker topped the team with five assists.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars hit the road to face Tulane at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, inside Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans. Houston enjoyed a 63-45 win against the Green Wave inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 5. That game can be seen on ESPNews and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
From there, Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Temple at 6 p.m., Feb. 21, during Blackout Weekend for the Houston Men's and Women's Basketball.
Houston Women's Basketball starts the weekend at 1 p.m., Feb. 20, against Cincinnati, while the Men's team plays host to Temple at 6 p.m., Feb. 21, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The first 100 current UH students at the Women's game and the first 500 current UH students at the Men's game will receive a FREE t-shirt.
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS
Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.
Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.
Current University of Houston students are admitted free to ALL Houston Men's Basketball game when presenting a valid ID at the doors.
Single-game tickets for Houston Men's Basketball's 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.
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Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket
Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.
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