Feb. 27, 2010
DALLAS - University of Houston senior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded a team-high 30 points, but it would not be enough in a 94-83 loss at Conference USA-rival SMU on Saturday inside Moody Coliseum.
Coleman, who entered the game as the nation's leading scorer with 25.7 points per game, led five Cougars in double digits on 9-of-22 shooting with four 3-pointers and topped the squad with nine rebounds, six assists, three steals and no turnovers while playing all 40 minutes.
However, SMU used red-hot shooting on the way to 61 second-half points to erase a 6-point halftime deficit. The Mustangs connected on 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) during the final 20 minutes and hit 51.8 percent in the game.
Trailing 71-66, the Cougars scored five straight points on a layup by freshman forward Kirk Van Slyke and a 3-pointer from Adam Brown to tie the game with 5:17 remaining. Unfortunately, SMU took advantage of two missed Houston shots and a Cougar turnover to score the next seven points and build a lead they would never relinquish.
Houston could get no closer than four points the rest of the way. The Mustangs also helped their own cause at the free throw line, hitting 9-of-10 attempts during the final 57 seconds.
Junior guard Adam Brown gave the Cougars a boost off the bench, pouring in 17 points, including five 3-pointers, in only 11 minutes. The San Antonio, Texas, native almost single-handedly kept the Cougars close midway through the second half, hitting three treys and scoring nine of the team's 11 points during a near 3-minute stretch.
Freshman forward Kirk Van Slyke also came off the bench to post a career high 14 points with a personal-best four 3-pointers.
Senior guard Kelvin Lewis, who also played every minute, finished with 13 points in the loss.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 14-14 overall and 6-8 in C-USA games. SMU improved to 14-14 overall and 6-8 in C-USA games. The Mustangs also snapped a nine-game losing streak to Houston and earned their first win against the Cougars since Dec. 17, 2000.
With only two regular-season games remaining, the Cougars currently are tied with Southern Miss for seventh place in the latest C-USA standings, one game behind sixth-place SMU.
SMU forward Papa Dia led all players with 31 points on 11-of-13 shooting, including 16 points in the first half, and added 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Robert Nyakundi and Derek Williams chipped in with 18 points apiece, while Rodney Clinkscales added 12 points, all from the 3-point line. Mouhammad Faye also finished with 11 points in the win.
SMU controlled the game early and eventually built a 32-29 lead late in the first half. But, the Cougars used a 10-1 run during the final seven minutes of the opening period for a 39-33 halftime lead.
The Mustangs opened the second half with the first five points, and the two teams traded points from there with neither squad scoring more than four unanswered points.
The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to league-rival Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday for the 2010 regular-season finale. Prior to that game, guards Aubrey Coleman and Kelvin Lewis and forward Sean Coleman will be honored in ceremonies as part of Senior Night.
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 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, March 4, from Bubba's Sports Bar and Grill (6225 Washington, 77077).
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.
The location for the final broadcast of The Pulse with Tom Penders will be announced at a later date. Originally scheduled for Thursday, March 11, the site and date may change depending on the Cougars' stay at the 2010 C-USA Championship, hosted by Tulsa beginning March 10.
* With Saturday's game, head coach Tom Penders worked his 1,079th game and moved into sole possession of 13th place in NCAA Division I career history... Penders broke out of a tie with DePaul's Ray Meyer (1943-84)... 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 30 points, senior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his eighth 30-point game in 2009-10 and the 11th of his career.
* With 30 points, senior guard Aubrey Coleman recorded his 24th game in 2009-10 and the 40th game of his career with at least 20 points.
* Coleman played every minute of a game for the sixth time in 2009-10 and the 11th time during his career.
* With 30 points, Coleman moved into 17th place in Houston career history with 1,344 points... Up next in the Houston records book is Charles Thompson, who scored 1,381 points from 1974-78.
* With 13 points, senior guard Kelvin Lewis moved into 18th place in Houston career history with 1,343 points... Up next in the Houston records book is current teammate Aubrey Coleman, who overtook Lewis and now has 1,344 points.
* Lewis competed in his 91st consecutive game and made his 64th straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.
* Lewis played every minute of a game for the sixth time in 2009-10 and the 16th time during his career.
* With 14 points, freshman forward Kirk Van Slyke set a career high... His total topped his previous best of 13 points against No. 25 Oklahoma on Nov. 26 during the Cougars' first game at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
* With four 3-pointers, freshman forward Kirk Van Slyke set a career high... His total topped his previous high of three treys against No. 25 Oklahoma on Nov. 26 during the Cougars' first game at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.