Feb. 16, 2010
ORLANDO - University of Houston senior guard Aubrey Coleman scored 26 points while playing all 40 minutes, but it would not be enough as Conference USA-rival UCF escaped with a 68-65 win on Tuesday night inside UCF arena.
Coleman, who entered the game as the national leader in both scoring and steals, led all players with his point total on 8-of-24 shooting from the field with a pair of 3-pointers. However, the Houston native was the only Cougar to reach double digits.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 13-12 overall and 5-6 in C-USA games. UCF improved to 13-12 overall and 5-6 in league games. The Knights also swept the regular-season series against the Cougars after taking a 78-71 win on Jan. 20 at Hofheinz Pavilion
In a close game that went back and forth throughout and featured 18 lead changes, the Knights had the last word. The Cougars broke a tie and held a 65-64 lead when junior guard Adam Brown hit one of two free throws with 3:17 remaining in the game. Unfortunately, those would be the final points the Cougars would score.
After a missed UCF shot, Knight forward A.J. Tyler rebounded the miss and laid it up to give UCF the lead for good at 66-65 with 2:21 remaining.
Following a pair of missed Cougar shots and a UH foul, UCF guard Marcus Jordan hit one of two free throws for a 67-65 lead with 1:42 to go. Coleman missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and, after a Cougar rebound, UCF guard A.J. Rompza stole the ball and was fouled with 1:09 left, hitting 1-of-2 free throws for a 68-65 lead.
The Cougars continued to have chances to tie the game late, thanks to a UCF turnover, but three missed free throws in the final 11 seconds doomed any last gasp for Houston.
As a team, the Cougars hit 36.5 percent (23-of-63) of their shots from the field and were 13-of-20 from the free throw line. UCF connected on only 42.4 percent (25-of-59) in the game but converted 50 percent in the final 20 minutes.
Freshman forward Kendrick Washington scored seven points with a team-high 10 rebounds in the loss. It was the fourth straight game that the Shreveport, La., native set or tied his career high in that category.
Jordan led the Knights with 18 points, including three 3-pointers, while Tyler added 12 points and eight rebounds. Isaac Sosa came off the bench to score 11 points, while Rompza added eight points and a game-high 10 assists.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Saturday, when they meet Conference USA-rival UAB inside Bartow Arena in Birmingham Ala.
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 6:45 p.m.
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. 18, from Chili's Too (4800 Calhoun) on the UH campus.
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. 18 show, fans can join the next edition of The Pulse with Tom Penders at Ragin Cajun (4302 Richmond, 77027) on Feb. 25.
* With 26 points, senior guard Aubrey Coleman moved into 21st place in Houston career history with 1,260 points... Up next in the Houston records book is Tim Moore, who scored 1,298 points from 1993 to 1996.
* Senior guard Aubrey Coleman played every minute in a game for the fourth time in 2009-10 and the ninth time during his career.
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis competed in his 88th consecutive game and made his 61st straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.