Men's Basketball Rally Falls Short at Louisiana Tech

Stats | Game Book

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Houston 19 35 54
Louisiana Tech 28 32 60

Quick Stats UH Tech
Points 54 60
Rebounds 33 36
Assists 13 9
Turnovers 21 16
Field Goals 21-48 22-55
Free Throws 6-14 12-17
3-Point Field Goals 6-18 4-19
Fouls 21 20
Statistical Leaders
Houston Points Rebounds Assists
Maurice McNeil 11 9 2
Darian Thibodeaux 11 3 2
Adam Brown 9 6 3
Louisiana Tech Points Rebounds Assists
Brandon Gibson 12 3 0
Olu Ashaolu 10 8 2
DeAndre Brown 10 5 3
RUSTON, La. - Trailing by as many as 13 points in the second half, the University of Houston men's basketball staged a furious comeback late but could not quite close the gap in a 60-54 loss at Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night inside Thomas Assembly Center.

Louisiana Tech's Brandon Gibson hit a layup with 8:35 remaining in the game to seemingly give the Bulldogs control of the game with a 47-35 lead However, the Cougars went on an 11-2 run during the next three minutes and moved to within 49-46 on sophomore forward Kendrick Washington's layup with 5:38 to go.

After Gibson hit a 3-pointer for Louisiana Tech, senior forward Maurice McNeil hit a free throw and followed that with a jumper to pull the Cougars back to a 3-point margin at 52-49 with just 2:39 left to play.

Unfortunately, that would be as close as Houston would get the rest of the way. The Bulldogs scored eight of the game's next 10 points for the final margin of victory. The Cougars' hot second-half shooting finally cooled off during the final 80 seconds as Louisiana Tech hit two of its final three shots from the field and converted 4-of-6 attempts from the free throw line.

After making only 7-of-23 shots from the field during the first half, the Cougars came out of the locker room hot, hitting 14-of-25 (56 percent) shots during the final 20 minutes.

With the loss, the Cougars fell to 2-1 overall. Louisiana Tech improved to 2-1.

McNeil finished with 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while junior guard Darian Thibodeaux added 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Senior guard Adam Brown posted nine points with six rebounds and three assists, while sophomore forward Kendrick Washington - making his season debut - added four points with three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shots in only 18 minutes.

Gibson finished with 12 points to lead three Bulldogs in double digits. Olu Ashaolu and Brown each posted 10 rebounds with Ashaolu's eight rebounds pacing the team.

The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Northwestern Oklahoma State at 2 p.m., Saturday. From there, the team continues its brief homestand when it meets Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m., Tuesday.

Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Brad Law calling the play-by-play action.

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 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.

Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets link at UHCougars.com to buy season tickets today.

* Cougars fell to 2-2 all-time against Louisiana Tech.
* Head coach James Dickey competed in his first game against Louisiana Tech... Louisiana Tech is the 72nd different opponent that Dickey has faced during his career.
* Senior forward Maurice McNeil saw his double-doubles streak to open the 2010-11 season end at two games.
* Senior guard Adam Brown saw his 20-point streak to open the 2010-11 season end at two games.
* Sophomore guard Nick Haywood enjoyed a homecoming of sorts... Haywood, who competed for four minutes against Louisiana Tech, played at Monroe's Ouachita High before joining the Cougars.



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