March 12, 2015
HARTFORD, Conn. - University of Houston junior guard Jherrod Stiggers led all players with 23 points and five 3-pointers, and junior guard Cavon Baker poured in a career-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Cougars to a 66-60 upset over Tulane on Thursday evening in the American-Athletic Conference Championship First Round.
Playing all 40 minutes, Stiggers connected on 7-of-12 shots from the field, including 5-of-10 from the 3-point line. The Terrell, Texas, native also added five rebounds with three assists in his seventh 20-point game this season and the 10th of his career.
After sitting out the first half, Baker gave the Cougars a spark off the bench. With Houston clinging to a 39-38 lead midway through the second half, the Queens, N.Y., native scored Houston's next 14 points over a 4:26 stretch to build a 53-42 advantage with 6:38 remaining in the game.
Tulane continued to chip away at the Cougars' lead but never managed more than seven unanswered points before Houston responded. The Green Wave moved to within 64-60 and had the ball with 20 seconds left. However, the Cougars' defense thwarted a pair of shots, and Baker iced the game for good with a pair of free throws after being fouled on a defensive rebound with 10 seconds left.
Houston, which is competing as the No. 10 seed, connected on 47.8 percent from the field in the game, including 50 percent of their 22 shots in the first half, on the way to 22 points in the paint. The Cougars also outrebounded the Green Wave 36-25.
Pollard finished with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field with a team-high five assists and tied with junior guard LeRon Barnes for team-high honors with seven rebounds.
Payton Henson led Tulane with 14 points, while Jay Hook and Louis Dabney added 13 points apiece in the loss.
With Thursday's win, the Cougars advance to the American Athletic Conference Championship Quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed Tulsa at 6 p.m. (CDT), Friday inside XL Center. The Golden Hurricane swept the regular-season series against the Cougars.
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