Nov. 26, 2007
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston men's basketball team escaped with an 86-79 win over Coastal Carolina Monday night at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars capped the game on an 11-3 run to improve to 6-1 on the year giving them their best start since the 1997-98 season when they opened 7-0. They extended their winning streak to five games and four straight at home.
Coastal Carolina fell to 3-3 and 0-3 on the road.
The difference in the game came from the free throw line as the Cougars shot 22-24 from the line while Coastal Carolina was offered only eight attempts. Their 91.7 free throw percentage is a season-high.
UH had five players score in double figures. Leading the Cougars was senior Dion Dowell who recorded a double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Dowell's 16 rebounds are a season-high for the Cougars and tie his career best.
The Cougars struggled to maintain the lead as they opened the second half allowing the Chanticleers to pull within one field goal of taking the lead. Houston would be able to hold off a surging Coastal Carolina team but not for long.
Behind a trio of three-pointers by Coastal Carolina's Jack Leasure and a field goal from Steven Sexton, the Chanticleers took their first lead of the game, 66-65, with just under 10 minutes left to play.
After trailing much of the second half, Houston regained the lead with four minutes left to play on a lay-up by Dowell following a Chanticleer turnover. Houston held on for the lead despite shooting just 32.3 percent from the field in the second half.
Pane clinched the win for UH with a three-point block as the clock expired.
Coastal Carolina was led by Joseph Harris' 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Chanticleers hit a 56.7 field goal percentage and 16 of their first 20 shots in the second half enabling them to jump ahead to a six-point lead with 7:55 remaining on the clock. They ended the game hitting just one of their final 10 attempts.
After opening the game with a pair of three-point field goals, the Cougars held the Chanticleers to just one point and no field goals in the first four minutes of the game. But despite the early 12-3 run, Coastal Carolina used four Houston turnovers to pull within six, 19-13.
Houston held off Coastal Carolina to go into the break leading, 48-37. UH is 6-1 this season when leading at the half.
The Cougars shot 52.9 percent from beyond the arc in the first half and 47.1 percent from the field while holding the Chanticleers to 42.4 percent to end the period with a 48-37 lead. Houston was also perfect from the charity strip in the first stanza.
Houston continues their nine-game home stand on Dec. 1 when they host Middle Tennessee at 7pm. Tickets for the game are available by calling 713-GO-COOGS or by logging on to UHCougars.com. Streaming video and a live radio feed for all home games will also be made available through the All-Access package at UHCougars.com.