Men's Basketball Drops Tough One to Oakland on Tuesday

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Oakland (2-2) 43 33 76
Houston (3-1) 39 35 74

Quick Stats UH OU
Points 74 76
Rebounds 35 37
Assists 15 22
Turnovers 12 11
Field Goals 28-63 26-59
Free Throws 15-19 18-21
3-Point Field Goals 3-18 6-24
Fouls 19 17
Statistical Leaders
Houston Points Rebounds Assists
Kirk Van Slyke 28 8 0
Alandise Harrs 21 7 2
J.J. Thompson 7 3 2
Oakland Points Rebounds Assists
Corey Petros 16 9 4
Reggie Hamilton 16 4 1
Drew Valentine 15 5 3

HOUSTON - Junior forward Kirk Van Slyke poured in a career-high 28 points, and sophomore forward Alandise Harris added 21 points, but it would not be enough as Oakland took a 76-74 win against the University of Houston men's basketball team Tuesday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion.

Van Slyke and Harris combined to score 49 of the team's 74 points in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Van Slyke came off the bench to hit 10-of-17 shots from the field and hit all six free throw attempts to lead all players in scoring . The Woodlands, Texas, native also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in only 25 minutes of action.

A day after being named the Conference USA Player of the Week, Harris posted his career high on 8-of-12 shooting and added seven boards, two assists, a block and two steals.

With the loss, the Cougars saw their season-opening three-game winning streak snapped. Oakland won its second straight game to improve to 2-2.

The game was close throughout with neither squad holding more than a 9-point lead at any point. In the second half, the Cougars grabbed a 55-53 lead when junior guard Jonathon Simmons converted a layup with 12:33 left in the game.

However, the Golden Grizzlies scored the game's next eight points with four of those from Corey Petros to build a lead they would never relinquish.

The Cougars continued to battle and pulled to within a single point on three occasions, but Oakland answered with points of its own each time. The Golden Grizzlies also took advantage of 10 offensive rebounds, including several at key times late, to score 17 second-chance points.

Oakland converted 18-of-21 free throw attempts and made six of their final eight attempts in the last 32 seconds to seal the win.

Petros and Hamilton each posted 16 points to lead the Golden Grizzlies, while Drew Valentine and Laval Lucas-Perry finished with 15 points apiece.

The Cougars continue their homestand when they play host to TCU at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston women's team which finishes play during the David Jones Classic at 4 p.m., Saturday, against McNeese State.

From there, the team will meet LSU on Tuesday in a game be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Fans can hear all Cougar Basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. 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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