Harris, Van Slyke Record Career Highs to Lead Houston Men's Basketball to Win

Houston 84, Utah Valley 71
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Utah Valley (1-1) 37 34 71
Houston (2-0) 43 41 84

Quick Stats UH UVU
Points 84 71
Rebounds 40 36
Assists 10 14
Turnovers 9 10
Field Goals 25-55 29-70
Free Throws 29-37 9-11
3-Point Field Goals 5-14 4-18
Fouls 16 26
Statistical Leaders
Houston Points Rebounds Assists
Alandise Harris 20 9 2
Joseph Young 19 5 2
Kirk Van Slyke 18 8 0
Utah Valley Points Rebounds Assists
Isiah Williams 19 2 4
Keith Thompson 11 2 2
Geddes Robinson 9 14 2

HOUSTON - Sophomore forward Alandise Harris and junior forward Kirk Van Slyke each posted career highs to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to an 84-71 win against Utah Valley on Monday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Harris, a native of Little Rock, Ark., led all players with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added two assists and two steals without a giveaway. Van Slyke topped his previous best by a point with 18 points, thanks to a 10-of-11 night from the free throw line.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 2-0 for the second straight season. Utah Valley fell to 1-1.

In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, Utah Valley raced out to a 7-point lead early before the Cougars came alive. Trailing 19-17, Houston used a 7-0 run, thanks to scoring from Van Slyke, junior guard Jonathon Simmons and sophomore forward Mikhail McLean to build a lead it would never relinquish.

The Cougars went on to build a 14-point advantage late in the first half before the Wolverines closed out the opening half on an 11-3 run to head into the locker room trailing 43-37.

The two teams traded buckets early in the second half. The Wolverines trimmed the Cougar lead to three at three times midway through the final period, but the Cougars answered with baskets each time to thwart the rally. After UVU hit 47.1 percent from the field in the first half, the Houston defense clamped down and limited the Wolverines to only 36.1 percent during the final 20 minutes.

Utah Valley guard Isiah Williams finished with a team-high 19 points on 8-of-20 shooting but was limited to only four second-half points.

In addition to Harris and Van Slyke, redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young recorded a personal best in only his second collegiate game. The Houston native and Yates High product finished with 19 points and added four 3-pointers with two assists and a pair of steals.

UVU forward Keith Thompson added 11 points, while Geddes Robinson finished with nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Cougars make their lone road trip of the month when they face Arkansas at 7 p.m., Friday inside Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark. Fans can hear that game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Brett Dolan calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis.

Fans also can see the game live on FOX Sports Net or at ESPN3.com. Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the "GameTracker" link at UHCougars.com.

Season tickets are now available at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. General admission season tickets begin as low as $135, while reserved seating season tickets start as low as $195.

Families also will enjoy the Family Fun Plan. For only $299, families receive two adult and two youth general admission season tickets. Additional youth season tickets in the Family Fun Plan can be purchased for $75 each.

In the Satisfaction Guaranteed plan, fans who purchase men's season tickets by Nov. 30 and are not satisfied with their game-day experience can return their remaining tickets by Feb. 1 and receive a full refund.

Fans can order their season tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links.



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