HOUSTON- University of Houston junior forward Devonta Pollard poured in 18 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season, and freshman guard Wes VanBeck added a career-high 12 points to in a 72-55 win over USF on Sunday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion in a game presented by Houston Community Newspapers.
The Cougars used strong starts to each half to split the regular-season series against the Bulls and end a six-game losing streak. Houston jumped out to an 18-5 lead during the first 7:19 and never trailed in the game.
With the Cougars holding a halftime lead for the sixth time in the last seven games, USF moved to within 35-31 following Ruben Guerrero's jumper 41 seconds in the second half. However, the Cougars exploded on an 13-0 run over the next 5:20 with junior guard Eric Weary's six points in the rally leading the way.
Although USF outshot the Cougars from the field 44.2 percent to 40.7 percent, the Cougars dominated the glass, outrebounding the Bulls 37-25, including 17 offensive rebounds. Houston doubled USF's second-chance points 12-6 and converted 17 Bull turnovers into 22 points.
Although Pollard hit only 4-of-13 from the field, the Porterville, Miss., native went 10-of-13 from the free throw line on the way to 18 points. He also tied his personal best with five steals.
Pollard was one of four Cougars to reach double-digit points in Sunday's win. Junior guard LeRon Barnes totaled 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, while junior guard Jherrod Stiggers added 11 points with four rebounds and a career-high-tying seven assists.
Walk-on freshman point guard Wes VanBeck posted a career-high 12 points, thanks to 4-of-5 shooting from the 3-point line.
USF guard Troy Holston, Jr., led all players with 22 points, including five treys, and snared a team-high seven rebounds to lead the Bulls. Guard Nehemiah Morrillo posted 12 points with four rebounds, and guard Anthony Collins dished out a team-high five assists in the loss.
Following Sunday's game, the Cougars hit the road for the final time during the regular season to take on American Athletic Conference rival Tulane at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans.
Fans can hear Wednesday's game on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.
Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on ESPNews with Adnan Virk calling the play-by-play action. Fans can see the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
Fans can follow live scoring by visiting UHCougars.comGameTracker link or by clicking here.
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Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Group tickets and single-game tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets, fans 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.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.
The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.
For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.
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