Dec. 6, 2009
HOUSTON - Senior guard Aubrey Coleman posted a game-high 29 points, and senior guard Kelvin Lewis added 22 points with six 3-pointers to help lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to an 83-76 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Playing all 40 minutes for the third straight game and the 13th time during his career, Lewis connected on 7-of-10 shots from the field, including 6-of-8 3-point attempts. The Fort Worth, Texas, native scored 15 second-half points off five 3-point attempts to lead the Cougar long-range shooters.
Coleman finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting and led the Cougars with seven rebounds.
Although the team was outrebounded 44-28 and allowed the Islanders to shoot 60 percent from the field in the second half, the Cougars took advantage of 13 steals off 24 TAMUCC turnovers and converted those into 35 points.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 4-2 this season and won their fourth straight game against the Islanders. TAMUCC dropped its second straight game and fell to 4-3.
The Cougars built a 33-26 first-half lead late in the first half, but the Islanders stormed back to score the final six points for a 1-point Houston advantage at the break. The TAMUCC rally continued early in the final period with the Islanders scoring nine of the first 12 points for a 41-36 lead on Justin Reynolds' layup with 17:11 remaining in the game
However, the Cougars used a 22-5 run during the next 6:04 to turn that deficit into a 56-48 Cougar advantage. Lewis led the rally, drilling each of his first three 3-point attempts to start the rally and capped the Houston scoring with another trey with 11:07 to go in the contest.
TAMUCC continued to fight and pulled to within 63-61 with 7:49 to go on Demond Watt's layup. Houston ten used a 9-2 run during the next three minutes for a 72-63 lead.
Although TAMUCC pulled to within 78-76 on Kevin Palmer's layup with 1:24 to go, the Cougars iced the game from the free throw line. Coleman hit two free throws with a minute remaining, and sophomore point guard Desmond Wade added another free throw with seven seconds left for the final margin of victory.
Palmer led the Islanders with 22 points and three 3-pointers while Terence Jones finished with 14 points and three treys of his own. Watt added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Justin Reynolds posted 11 points. Horace Bond led all players with 12 rebounds in the losing effort.
The Cougars continue their month-long homestand at the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to Troy at 7 p.m., Dec. 14. It will be the second of six straight home games for the Cougars during the month of December.
Following their game against the Trojans, the Cougars play host to Mississippi State (Dec. 19), The Citadel (Dec. 21), TCU (Dec. 23) and Louisiana Tech (Dec. 29). The Mississippi State game will be televised live on CSS (Houston Comcast channel 129).
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.
* Houston improved to 4-0 in the all-time series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
* With Sunday's win, head coach Tom Penders moved into a tie for 27th place with Hugh Durham (1967-05, Florida State, Georgia, Jacksonville) in NCAA Division I career history with 633 victories... Up next in the NCAA records book is Marv Harshmann, who recorded 637 wins from 1946-85 at Pacific Lutheran, Washington State and Washington.
* Freshman forward Kendrick Washington posted career highs in points (4), rebounds (3), assists (3) and minutes (15).
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis competed in his 69th consecutive game and his 42nd straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.