Cougars Too Much For Grambling State

Nov. 22, 2006

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HOUSTON (AP) - Robert McKiver scored a game-high 26 points and Robert Lee added 18 points in his first start of the season to lead the Houston Cougars to a 96-61 win over Grambling State on Wednesday night.

The Cougars jumped out to an early 13-4 lead and never looked back as Houston's inside combination of Tafari Toney and Jahmar Thorpe combined to score 10 points. Toney scored Houston first six points before Lee made one of his two free throws, and Thorpe scored four points in the opening four minutes.

Lee ended the first half with 14 points to lead the Cougars and McKiver added 10 as the Cougars held a 47-30 lead at halftime.

In the second half, McKiver scored 13 of his points in the first six and one-half minutes to lead the Cougars on a 24-2 run that broke the game open with Houston leading, 74-34, with 13:49 left to play.

McKiver also had seven assists. Charlie Jones also had seven assists for the Cougars (3-0).

Oliver Lafayette scored 14 for the Cougars, who have scored at least 89 points in each of their games this season. Toney finished with 11 points and Thorpe scored 10.

Andrew Prestley scored 14 points for Grambling State (1-1). Kendrick Baker added 13 and Andre Ratliff scored 10 points for the Tigers.

Martez Stevens came off the bench and recorded a team-high nine rebounds for Grambling State.

The Cougars led by as many as 44 points with 2:59 left in the game when coach Tom Penders answered the crowd's chants to put freshman Kyle Hatcher into the game for the first time.

Hatcher attempted three 3-pointers, but did not record a field goal.

Houston travels to Saint Louis on Saturday in a game that tips off at 1:00 p.m. in the Savvis Center.



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