Men's Hoops Uses Second-Half Run in Big Win vs. Alcorn State

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1 2 F
Alcorn State 35 33 68
Houston 35 53 88

Quick Stats UH ASU
Points 68 88
Rebounds 41 38
Assists 20 4
Turnovers 13 14
Field Goals 30-56 22-63
Free Throws 22-37 21-28
Three Point Field Goals 6-15 3-11
Fouls 25 31
Statistical Leaders
Houston Points Rebounds Assists
Maurice McNeil 19 12 0
Adam Brown 23 7 2
Zamal Nixon 8 4 10
Alcorn State Points Rebounds Assists
Marquiz Baker 23 2 0
Kendrick McDonald 17 3 2
Keith Searcy 4 7 2

Nov. 14, 2010

HOUSTON - Senior forward Maurice McNeil recorded his second straight double-double, and senior guard Adam Brown scored 20+ points for the second straight game to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to an 88-68 win against Alcorn State on Sunday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

After battling to a 35-35 draw at halftime, the two teams continued to trade punches early in the second half. However, with the score knotted at 42-42, the Cougars used a 19-6 run during an 8-minute stretch to build a double-digit lead they would never relinquish.

Brown and senior guard Zamal Nixon each scored six points to lead the Cougars during the rally, while freshman forward Alandise Harris buried four free throws..

Houston converted 65.5 percent (19-of-29) of its second-half shots while limiting the Braves to only 34.4 percent from the field during the final 20 minutes. After being outrebounded in the first half, the Cougars also came out of the locker to outboard the Braves 24-13 in the final period.

The Cougars looked to seize control of the game early, scoring the first nine points, but Alcorn State chipped away and eventually grabbed a 32-31 lead late in the first half. However, that would only time the scoreboard would appear in favor of the Braves.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006-07 and only the second time since 1997-98. Alcorn State dropped to 0-2.

Less than two days after posting 12 points and 13 rebounds against Nicholls State during the season opener, McNeil led the Cougars again with 19 points and 12 rebounds in only 30 minutes. Brown added 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting and added seven rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Junior guard Darian Thibodeaux, competing in his first season in the Scarlet and White, added 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting with three assists and a steal. Nixon scored eight points with a career-high 10 assists and added four rebounds and five steals in the win. Harris also posted 15 points with five rebounds and four blocked shots.

Marquiz Baker came off the bench to lead Alcorn State with 23 points, while Kendrick McDonald finished with 17 points. No other Brave finished with more than six points.

The Cougars hit the road for their first away trip of the season. Houston meets Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La., at 7 p.m.., Wednesday. From there, the team returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Northwestern Oklahoma State at 2 p.m., Saturday.

Fans can now purchase men's basketball season tickets, which remain a great value. General admission season tickets sell for only $135, while reserved season tickets can be purchased for only $195.

Fans also can buy the Family Fun Plan, which includes two adult and two youth general admission season tickets, for only $299. Additional youth season tickets can be purchased for only $75 each in the Plan.

Fans can choose from a variety of different ticket packages that best suit their needs, including the Weekend Package (8 weekend home games) and the Conference USA Package (8 C-USA home games).

Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball season tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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* Cougars improved to 4-0 all-time against Alcorn State... Houston won its third straight game against the Braves by at least 20 points.
* Game was part of a doubleheader with the Houston women's basketball team, which played host to UT Arlington in the nightcap.
* Houston made at least one 3-pointer in its 276th consecutive game.
* Senior guard Adam Brown recorded the fifth 20-point game of his career.
* Senior forward Maurice McNeil recorded the eighth double-double of his career.



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