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HOUSTON - Sophomore forward Kendrick Washington scored a team-high 17 points, and seniors Adam Brown and Maurice McNeil finished with double-doubles to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a 64-61 win against Nevada inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Struggling from the free throw line, the Cougars hit key free throws late to take the win. Houston built a 62-58 lead when Washington sank 1-of-2 free throws with 1:41 to go.
After Nevada's Jordan Finn hit a jumper and a missed Cougar shot trimmed the Cougar lead to 62-60, Finn was fouled with 34 seconds remaining. The Nevada guard missed his first free throw attempt and connected on his second attempt.
Receiving the inbounds pass, Brown was fouled with 30 seconds left and buried both attempts for a 64-61 Houston lead.
The Wolf Pack missed their initial 3-point attempt and, after snaring the offensive rebound, missed another long-range shot, before McNeil grabbed the rebound with just three seconds to go. Fouled again late, Brown missed his first attempt on the 1-and-1, but a Nevada desperation heave was off the mark.
With the win, Houston improved to 6-3 and won their eighth straight home game dating back to last season. Nevada dropped to 1-7 and has lost its last seven games.
The Cougars came roaring out of the locker room on a 12-3 run after the break to build a 43-35 advantage with 12:50 to go in the game. From there, the two teams battled back and forth with neither team being able to score more than five answered points.
Brown buried a 3-pointer with 5:06 remaining, but Nevada answered with a jumper from Deonte Burton and Dario Hunt's old-fashioned 3-point play. Washington pushed the Cougar lead to 61-58 with 2:44 to go.
While the Cougars hit only 42.9 percent from the field, the defense limited the Wolf Pack to only 34.4 percent and forced 17 turnovers. Although Nevada posted 19 offensive rebounds, the Wolf Pack managed only six second-chance points.
McNeil finished with 11 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for his team-leading fourth double-double of the season. Brown added 10 points and a career-high 10 boards for the first double-double of his career.
Nevada's Malik Story led all players with 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting, while Hunt finished with a game-high 18 rebounds. Derrell Conner came off the bench to score 10 points, and Kevin Panzer added 11 boards for the Wolf Pack in the loss.
The Cougars return to action at 6 p.m., Saturday, when they play host to UTSA in Hofheinz Pavilion.. That game will be televised live on CSS with Randy McIlvoy calling the play-by-play action and Brian Oliver providing analysis.
From there, the team takes nearly a week off before facing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m., Feb. 18, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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 four 3-pointers, the Cougars recorded their 283rd consecutive game with at least one trey.
* With 10 rebounds, Brown posted a career high.. His total topped his previous best of nine against TCU on Dec. 23, 2009.