Feb. 25, 2009
TULSA, Okla. - Junior guard Kelvin Lewis posted a team-high 24 points, but it would not be enough as Tulsa claimed a 77-68 win over the University of Houston men's basketball team at the Reynolds Center.
Lewis was the Cougars' steadiest offensive performer during a difficult night, hitting 9-of-18 shots from the field and 5-of-7 attempts from the free throw line. After scoring only six points in the first half, the Fort Worth native posted 18 points during the final 20 minutes to lead the Cougars.
The Golden Hurricane used sharp shooting from the field and at the free throw line throughout the game to win their second straight against the Cougars.
Tulsa took a 30-24 lead into the locker room at the break, hitting 51.9 percent of its shots from the field while limiting the Cougars to only 31.4 percent.
In the second half, the two teams went back and forth, but the Cougars chipped away to pull to within 48-46 on Lewis' jumper with 9:18 remaining. However, that would be as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the way.
The Cougars never could get into a steady offensive rhythm with a 6-0 run being the team's longest of the night. UH finished the night hitting 37.7 percent of its shot from the field, including 13.3 percent from behind the arc.
Even when the Cougars mounted a brief offensive rally, the Golden Hurricane prevented it from lasting long with its performance at the free throw line. Tulsa connected on 31-of-40 shot from the charity stripe, going to the line 27 times in the last seven minutes.
In fact, Tulsa scored 20 of its last 22 points from the free throw line during the final 6:45.
Tulsa center Jerome Jordan led the Golden Hurricane with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Ben Uzoh and Justin Hurtt added 12 points apiece.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 17-9 overall and 8-5 in league games. UH also dropped into a tie for fourth place in the latest league standings with UTEP, which was a 61-58 overtime winner against SMU.
Tulsa improved to 19-9 overall and 9-4 in league games. The Golden Hurricane also broke out of a tie with the Cougars for sole possession of third place.
NEXT GAME FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars hit the road but don't need to leave the city limits to meet Conference USA-rival Rice at 3 p.m., Saturday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse. The Cougars look to sweep the regular-season series after enjoying a 72-65 win on Feb. 14 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The game can be heard live on 790 AM The Sports Animal or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tip-off.
Fans also can follow the play-by-play action by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com.
NEXT HOME GAME FOR HOUSTON
Following the Tulsa game and a road contest at Rice on Feb. 28, the Cougars wrap up the regular season with a pair of home games during the final week of the regular season.
The Cougars play host to No. 8/5 Memphis at 7 p.m., March 4, and then close out the regular season at 7 p.m., March 7, against Conference USA-rival SMU during Senior Day. Both games will be played inside Hofheinz Pavilion on the UH campus.
Free admission is available to approved groups of 10 or more people for the remaining Saturday home game against Conference USA-rival SMU on March 7. For more information, please call the Marketing Office at 713-743-9453.
Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS or by stopping by the Athletics Ticket Office in the Athletics/Alumni Center during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Fans always can purchase tickets by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking on the Tickets links.