Men's Basketball Rolls to Big Win vs. Memphis

Feb. 24, 2010

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HOUSTON - University of Houston senior guard Aubrey Coleman led all players with 34 points, while freshman forward Kendrick Washington added a career-high 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Cougars to a resounding 92-77 win against Conference USA-rival Memphis on Wednesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Coleman connected on 11-of-19 shots from the field and 9-of-10 shots from the free throw line while adding eight rebounds and four assists in all 40 minutes.

The Houston native, who entered the game as the nation's leading scorer, recorded his seventh 30-point game of the season and the 10th of his career, moving into sole possession of fifth place in school history in the latter category.

After posting 10 rebounds in each of the last three games, Washington fell just shy of that total but made up for it with a career-high point total. The Shreveport, La., native nailed 6-of-14 shots from the field with nine rebounds and a career-best three blocked shots.

With the win, the Cougars snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 14-13 overall and 6-7 in C-USA games. Houston moved into a tie with Southern Miss and SMU for sixth place in the latest C-USA standings.

The Cougars also ended an 11-game losing skid to Memphis dating back to Feb. 5, 2005, and enjoyed the biggest win in the all-time series against the Tigers. The team's 92 points were the second most in the series, trailing only a 98-89 win on Jan. 22, 2000.

Memphis fell to 20-8 overall and 10-3 in league games.

It didn't take long for the Cougars to assert their dominance in the game. After Memphis' Will Coleman tied the game at 4-4 with a pair of free throws, the Cougars used a 15-4 run during the next three minutes to build a 15-4 cushion.

The Tigers answered back when Doneal Mack drained a 3-pointer, but the Cougars outscored the Tigers 10-2 during the next 3:44 for a 25-9 lead and would never lead by fewer than 11 points for the rest of the game.

With the Cougars enjoying a 31-13 lead, the Tigers rallied with a 9-2 run to move to within 33-22 late in the first half, but Coleman buried a pair of treys on the next two possessions to push the Cougar lead back to 15 points.

The Cougars were the model of consistency from the field in the game, hitting 50 percent of their shots in each half. A solid defensive effort limited Memphis to only 8-of-25 shooting, 15 rebounds and eight turnovers in the first half as Houston build a 43-28 advantage.

Defending Memphis freshman guard Elliot Williams all game, senior guard Kelvin Lewis held the league's second-leading scorer to only six points on 2-of-9 shooting with five turnovers.

In addition to his stout defense, Lewis also added 18 points with a pair of 3-pointers and six rebounds. Junior forward Maurice McNeil added 11 points, hitting all four field goal attempts, with six rebounds in only 16 minutes, while sophomore point guard Desmond Wade dished out a career-high-tying 10 assists to lead all players.

Memphis forward Wesley Witherspoon led the Tigers with 18 points, while Angel Garcia came off the bench to pour in 13 points. Roburt Sallie added 12 points and six rebounds, while Mack finished with 10 points in the loss.

The Cougars hit the road again this weekend to face Conference USA-rival SMU at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

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.

The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to league-rival Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday. Prior to that game, guards Aubrey Coleman and Kelvin Lewis and forward Sean Coleman will be honored in ceremonies as part of Senior Night.

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 also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.

Fans are invited to each broadcast of The Pulse with Tom Penders from various restaurants throughout Houston.

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. 25, from Ragin Cajun (4302 Richmond, 77027).

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 25 show, fans can join the next broadcast of The Pulse with Tom Penders at Bubba's Sports Bar and Grill (6225 Washington, 77707), at 7 p.m., March 4.

* With a season-high 4,063 fans in attendance, the Cougars moved past the 3-million mark in all-time attendance at Hofheinz Pavilion... The Cougars' all-time attendance at Hofheinz Pavilion now stands at 3,001,712 in nearly 41 full seasons.
* With Wednesday's game, head coach Tom Penders worked his 1,078th game and moved into a tie for 13th place with DePaul's Ray Meyer (1943-84) in NCAA Division I career history... Up next in the Houston records book is Marv Harshmann, who coached 1,080 games at Pacific Lutheran, Washington State and Washington from 1946-85.
* With 34 points, senior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his 23rd game in 2009-10 and the 39th game of his career with at least 20 points.
* Senior guard Aubrey Coleman played every minute of a game for the fifth time in 2009-10 and the 10th time during his career.
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis competed in his 90th consecutive game and made his 63rd straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.



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