Nov. 28, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The University of Houston men's basketball team used some hot shooting early on the way to a 73-57 win against host Alaska-Anchorage in the third-place game of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout inside Sullivan Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars (3-2) jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first seven minutes and never looked back in winning for the third time in four outings against the Seawolves. Houston, which never trailed or was tied in the game, buried 55.6 percent (15-of-27) of its first-half shots and forced 18 UAA turnovers to take the win.
UAA threatened at times in the second half, pulling to within 43-37 on Brandon Walker's tip-in. However, the Cougars went on a 9-2 run during the next 3:39 to push their lead back to double digits.
The Cougars also used steady defensive pressure midway through the final half to extend their lead. Walker scored a layup to give UAA 39 points with 12:43 remaining. That would be the last field goal the Seawolves would score for the next 8:44.
UAA (3-2) was not held scoreless during that time, converting seven free throws, but those would be the only points the Cougars would surrender.
Senior guard Aubrey Coleman led the Cougars with 25 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore point guard Desmond Wade added 15 points and a game-high seven assists. Junior guard Adam Brown posted 14 points with three rebounds and a game-high four steal.
Senior guard Kelvin Lewis was held to eight points with a pair of 3-pointers. However, those eight points were enough to make the Fort Worth, Texas, native only the 42nd 1,000-point scorer in Houston history. Lewis now has 1,000 points during his career in the scarlet and white and 1,071 points total during his collegiate career.
Malcolm Campbell led the Seawolves with 26 points, while Walker posted 21 points with six rebounds in the loss.
The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christ at 2 p.m., Dec. 6. It will be the first of six straight home games for the Cougars during the month of December.
Following their game against the Islanders, the Cougars play host to Troy (Dec. 14), Mississippi State (Dec. 19), The Citadel (Dec. 21), TCU (Dec. 23) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 29).
Fans can purchase tickets on-line at UHCougars.com by clicking the Tickets link, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Single-game tickets and a variety of packages also are available now and can be purchased for as low as $35.
* Saturday's game was the Cougars' first game against Alaska-Anchorage since a 79-78 loss in Anchorage on Dec. 27, 1980... Houston owns a 2-1 lead in the all-time series, which began on Dec. 23, 1978.
* Although Alaska-Anchorage has hosted the Great Alaska Shootout for 32 years, Saturday's game was the first time the Cougars met the Seawolves in tournament play... The previous three games were regular-season road contests for the Cougars.
* With eight points, senior guard Kelvin Lewis needs only nine points against Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday afternoon to become the 42nd player in Houston history with at least 1,000 points during his career... Lewis now has 1,000 points during his Houston career and 1,071 points total (played the 2006-07 season at Auburn).
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis played every minute of a game for the second straight game in 2009-10 and the 12th time during his career... He was joined in that feat by junior guard Adam Brown, who posted a career high.
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis competed in his 68th consecutive game and his 41st straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.