March 4, 2009
HOUSTON - Junior guard Aubrey Coleman scored a team-high 19 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds, but it would not be enough as No. 5/3 Memphis grabbed a 69-60 win against the University of Houston men's basketball team Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Coleman, who recorded his team-leading 11th double-double of the season, also added a game-high four steals. The Houston native entered the game as the C-USA leader with 2.46 steals per contest.
Playing in front of a season-high 6,049 fans, the Cougars kept the game close after falling behind early but were never able to grab the lead. After the Tigers grabbed a 37-31 lead at halftime, the Cougars roared back and knotted the game at 42-42 when junior forward Qa'rraan Calhoun buried a 3-pointer with 14:40 remaining.
However, the Tigers scored the next six points in a 73-second outburst. Not to be outdone, the Cougars rallied with six straight points of their own and put the game at 48-48 when Calhoun drilled another trey with 9:40 left in the contest.
Memphis responded with an 11-2 during the next 4:17 that gave the Tigers control of the game. The Cougars used one last outburst late in the game to pull to within 63-58 on a Calhoun layup with 2:11 remaining, but the Tigers scored six of the last eight points to win their ninth straight game against UH.
With the win, the Cougars fell to 18-10 overall and 9-6 in league games. The Cougars also dropped into a tie with UTEP for fourth place in the latest league standings after the Miners' 70-52 win against UAB on Wednesday
Memphis improved to 27-3 overall and 15-0 in league games. The Tigers already have clinched the No. 1 seed at the 2009 C-USA Championship, hosted by Memphis at the FedExForum on March 11-14.
The Tigers converted at least 45 percent of their shots from the field in each half, while limiting the Cougars to no better than 36 percent in either half. Memphis raced out to a 21-9 lead in the game's first 10:28 and never trailed in the contest.
Making only his second appearance this season as a reserve, Calhoun recorded 15 points with three 3-pointers, while junior guard Kelvin Lewis added 11 points in the loss.
Guard Tyreke Evans led all players with 23 points - including 17 in the first half - on 10-of-16 shooting, while forward Shawn Taggart added 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Forward Robert Dozier also added 15 points and a pair of blocked shots in the win.
NEXT HOME GAME FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion against Conference USA-rival SMU during Senior Night. Guard DaShaun Williams and center Marcus Cousin will be honored in pregame ceremonies.
Free admission is available to approved groups of 10 or more people for game against Conference USA-rival SMU on Saturday. 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.