HOUSTON - University of Houston junior guard Jherrod Stiggers poured in a career-high 33 points to lead the Cougars to an 83-76 win against Houston Baptist on Tuesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
With the Cougars trailing 45-38 with 14:36 left in the game, Stiggers nearly single-handedly seized control of the game, scoring 11 of the Cougars' next 13 points to hand Houston a 51-49 advantage. He topped his previous high of 23 points set 10 days ago against Abilene Christian.
The Terrell, Texas, native connected on 8-of-17 attempts from the field, including 5-of-12 from the 3-point line. He also took advantage of a 12-of-15 performance from the free throw line. Stiggers became only the 54th player in school history to score 30 or more points in a game and the first since Joseph Young scored 30 at Tulane on March 9, 2013.
Houston Baptist built as much as an 8-point lead in the second half before the Cougars stormed back. With the score tied 66-66 and only 6:24 left, sophomore forward Danrad Knowles sank a pair of free throws. After a missed HBU shot, junior guard Cavon Baker was fouled going for the defensive rebound and drained his two free throws to give the Cougars a lead they would never relinquish.
The Huskies continued to battle and close the margin, but the Cougars had an answer each time. After HBU moved to within 70-68, freshman forward and Yates High product JC Washington sank a layup and Stiggers followed with a layup of his own to push the Houston lead back to six points.
When HBU rallied to 74-71, Pollard sank jumpers on consecutive possessions for a 78-71 Houston lead.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 5-1 this season and earned their 12th straight win in as many games against Houston Baptist in the all-time series.
Junior forward Devonta Pollard posted 17 points with 10 rebounds before fouling out for his third straight double-double. He became the first Cougar to accomplish that feat since TaShawn Thomas early in the 2013-14 season.
Knowles posted 12 points with four rebounds in the win.
Odunsi led Houston Baptist with 18 points, while Josh Ibarra hit all six attempts from the field on the way to 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Forward Colter Lasher added 12 points with two rebounds and two steals in the loss.
There will be no rest for the weary as the Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, against Arkansas-Pine Bluff inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be the first in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Regional Round.
From there, Houston wraps up Regional play against South Carolina State at 1 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Shortly after that game, the Cougars will head to the airport to fly out to Las Vegas to compete in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Championship Round.
The Championship Round begins at 9:30 p.m. (CST) Monday against Boise State. The Cougars then meet the winner/loser of Texas Tech-Loyola (Ill.) on Tuesday evening in the final game before Christmas.
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Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.
Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.
Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.
Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.
The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.
For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Single-game tickets can be purchased for as low as $10 per game in the Reserved 3 section inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Fans can buy single-tickets in Reserved 2 for only $15 with tickets in Reserved 1 going for $20 per game.
CONTINENTAL TIRE LAS VEGAS CLASSIC TICKETS
Tickets for the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Championship Round inside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas are now on sale at the University of Houston Athletics Ticket Office, and fans are encouraged to make their purchases soon due to limited numbers.
Fans can purchase tickets to both of the Cougars' games in the Championship Round for $110. The Cougars open the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at 9:30 p.m. (CST) Dec. 22, when they meet Boise State inside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Depending on the outcome of the Boise State game, the Cougars will face Texas Tech or Loyola (Ill.) on Dec. 23 in a game televised on FOX Sports 1.
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