Dec. 23, 2009
HOUSTON - University of Houston senior guard Aubrey Coleman poured in a game-high 33 points, and senior guard Kelvin Lewis added 25 points with six 3-pointers to lead the Cougars to a 105-81 win against TCU on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Coleman, who finished the night 11-of-18 from the field, recorded the sixth 30-point game of his career and his third in 2009-10. The Houston native entered the game as the nation's leading scorer and boosted his scoring average to 27.4 points per game.
Lewis was hot from long range early, burying five of his game-high six treys in the first half, to help lead the Cougars to their highest offensive output against the Horned Frogs since Feb. 26, 1977, during a 111-67 win.
Houston enjoyed their second 100-point game of the season but their first in front of the hometown fans since a 110-57 win against Alcorn State on Nov. 18, 2009.
The game was close early with TCU grabbing a 20-16 lead Keion Mitchem's 3-pointer at the 12:18 mark. The Horned Frogs used a 10-2 run during that time to build their largest advantage of the game.
However, the Cougars remained consistent in their pressing, trapping defense and eventually wore the Horned Frogs down late in the first half. With the score tied at 28-28, Houston used a 24-8 run to close out the half and take a 52-40 lead into the locker room at the break.
TCU would get no closer than 11 points in the second half with Houston eventually building a 26-point advantage late in the game.
The Cougars forced 18 TCU giveaways in the game and converted them into 19 points. The TCU turnovers led to easy baskets for the Cougars, who connected on a season-best 56.6 percent (39-of-69) from the field, including a blistering 63.3 pace in the second half alone.
While the Cougars exploited the TCU miscues, they were careful with the ball on the offensive end. Houston posted a season-low four turnovers and did not give the ball away until the 15:21 mark of the second half. The Cougars entered the game with only 9.6 turnovers per contest, the lowest total in the nation.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 7-3, while TCU evened its season record at 6-6. The Cougars also improved to 4-1 on the current homestand, which has seen them play during the entire month of December at home.
Junior guard Adam Brown came off the bench to score 21 points with three 3-pointers, while junior forward Maurice McNeil added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Sophomore point guard Desmond Wade recorded a career-high 10 assists with only three turnovers in 33 minutes.
Ronnie Moss led the Horned Frogs with 23 points, while Zvonko Buljan added 13 points. Edvinas Ruzgas posted 12 points, and Greg Hill added 11 points and six rebounds in the loss.
The Cougars wrap up their month-long homestand at the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m., Tuesday. It will be the team's sixth straight home game during the month of December.
The Cougars are 4-1 on the current stand.
Following their game against the Bulldogs, the Cougars hit the road to play UTSA in San Antonio, Texas, at 1 p.m., New Year's Day.
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* Wednesday's game was the first time the two teams squared off since Feb. 19, 2005... Houston improved to 47-23 in the all-time series against the Horned Frogs.
* The Cougars recorded the 173rd 100-point game in school history... Houston improved to 169-4 all-time when scoring at least 100 points and a game and has won its last 18 games when reaching triple digits.
* Head coach Tom Penders moved into a tie with Western Kentucky's E.A. Diddle for 17th place in NCAA Division I career history with 1,061 games coached... Up next in the NCAA records book is Hugh Durham, who coached 1,062 games at Florida State, Georgia and Jacksonville from 1967 to 2005.
* Senior guard Aubrey Coleman reached 20 points for the eighth time in nine games this season and the 17th time during his career... Coleman also scored at least 30 points for the third time this season and the sixth time during his career... He is now tied with Tim Moore for eighth place in Houston career history with six 30-point games as a Cougar.
* With 25 points, senior guard Kelvin Lewis moved past Don Boldebuck (1,162 points 1954-56) into 25th place in Houston career history with 1,180 points... Up next in the Houston records book is Ted Luckenbill, who scored 1,195 points from 1958 to 1961.
* Senior guard Kelvin Lewis competed in his 73rd consecutive game and his 46th straight start... Both streaks are the longest among active Cougar players.
* Junior guard Adam Brown posted his second career 20-point game.