Dec. 4, 2010
|Sam Houston St.||36||27||8||71|
|3-Point Field Goals||2-9||8-25|
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Sophomore forward Kendrick Washington recorded the first double-double of his career with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a 75-71 win in overtime against Sam Houston State at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
Washington, a Shreveport, La., native, posted career highs in both categories, to help lead the Cougars to their first road win of the season.
He hit the Cougars' first bucket in overtime before Lance Pevehouse hit a 3-pointer just 23 seconds later to give the Bearkats a 66-65 lead. The Cougars tied the game at 66-66 when Washington hit the second of two free throws with 2:33 to go, but the Bearkats regained the lead when Marcus James hit 1-of-2 free throws with 2:14 left.
That was the last time the Bearkats would hold the lead as the Cougars scored the game's next six points from the free throw line. Sophomore forward Kirk Van Slyke, junior guard Darian Thibodeaux and senior guard Adam Brown connected on all six combined attempts while the Cougar defense forced the Bearkats to miss four straight shots from the field with a turnover on the way to a 72-67 lead with just 35 seconds left.
The Bearkats pulled to within a trey on Clavell's two free throws, but senior guard Zamal Nixon hit two free throw attempts with 21 seconds left to ice the win.
Although the Cougars hit only one field goal in the extra period, Houston connected on 10-of-12 free throws to win its third straight game against the Bearkats. The Cougar defense also held the Bearkats to only two field goals in overtime and 33.3 percent from the field in the game.
In regulation, the Cougars grabbed a 61-58 lead when Thibodeaux buried a jumper with 4:13 remaining. However, that would be the final points the team would score for more than three minutes.
Sam Houston State chipped away at the lead and eventually tied the game at 61-61, thanks to single free throws from Josten Crow, Drae Murray and Gilberto Clavell during the next two minutes.
After SHSU tied the game, the Cougars worked the shot clock down before the Bearkat defense knocked the ball loose. With the ball rolling around in the Cougar frontcourt, Washington scooped it up and then laid it up an instant before the shot clock expired to give the Cougars a 63-61 advantage with less than a minute remaining.
SHSU took over on the next possession and, after being fouled with 41 seconds remaining, Clavell hit two free throws to tie the game again at 63-63.
The Cougars used most of the clock on the next possession, but Washington's jumper was off the mark with only three seconds to go. The Bearkats had a chance at the buzzer following a long pass from Pevehouse, but the Bearkats failed to get the shot off before the horn.
With the loss, Houston snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 5-3. Sam Houston State saw its two-game winning streak end and fell to 4-2.
Nixon finished with 14 points and two rebounds, while junior guard Darian Thibodeaux grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. Brown finished the night with a game-high and personal best 10 assists and fell just short of a triple-double with seven points and eight rebounds to pace the Cougars.
Clavell led all players with 25 rebounds and grabbed 10 rebounds. Murray posted 13 points with four 3-pointers and dished out a team-high eight assists.\
The Cougars used a late run in the second half to take a 39-36 lead into the locker. With the score tied at 33-3, Houston scored six unanswered points before SHSU's Drae Murray hit a three at the buzzer.
Houston connected on 58.3 percent (14-of-24) shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes, while limiting the Bearkats to only 38.2 percent (13-of-34). The Cougars also used a steady shooting touch from the free throw line, hitting all but one of their 11 charity-strip attempts
The Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Nevada at 7 p.m., Monday. That game will be televised live on CSS with Craig Ackerman calling the play-by-play action and Shane Power providing analysis.
The Cougars continue their homestand when they meet UTSA at 6 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game also will be televised live on CSS.
Fans can hear all Cougar men's basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst.
Cougar men's basketball tickets are available now. 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 tickets today.
* With two 3-pointers, the Cougars recorded their 282nd consecutive game with at least one trey.
* Saturday's game was the first time that head coach James Dickey faced Sam Houston State during his career.
* Senior guard Adam Brown's 10 assists topped his previous high of four assists against TCU on Dec. 23, 2009... Brown's 42 minutes against the Bearkats also topped his previous high of 40 minutes at Alaska-Anchorage during the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 28, 2009.
* Junior guard Darian Thibodeaux's 10 rebounds topped his previous best of three rebounds against Louisiana Lafayette (Nov. 23, 2010) and against Alcorn State (Nov. 17, 2010).
* Sophomore forward Kendrick Washington's 21 points topped his previous high of 17 points against Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 23, 2010... Washington's 11 rebounds bested his previous high of 10 boards, done four times and most recently against Memphis (March 11, 2010).
* Sophomore guard Nick Haywood posted a career high with three rebounds... It topped his previous high of two rebounds against Northwestern Oklahoma State (Nov. 20, 2010) and Troy (Dec. 14, 2009).