LAS VEGAS - University of Houston sophomore forward Danrad Knowles posted his second straight double-double to lead five Cougars with double-digit points during a 75-73 loss to Boise State in overtime during the first day of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Championship Round on Monday night inside Orleans Arena.
Playing 36 minutes, Knowles hit half of his 10 attempts from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the arc, and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in the game. Junior point guard L.J. Rose led the Cougars with 16 points and added five rebounds with a game-high seven assists, while junior forward Devonta Pollard totaled 12 points with nine rebounds.
The Cougars fell behind 31-22 at the half and appeared to be in dire straits when the Broncos opened the second half on a 10-0 run and built a 19-point advantage just two minutes into the final period.
However, Houston refused to surrender and erupted on a 21-3 run over the next 7:56 and moved to within 44-43 following Barnes' trey.
The game went back and forth from there with the Cougars seizing a 55-54 lead on Stiggers' 3-pointer at the 4:36 mark. Boise State answered with seven of the game's next nine points and held a 61-57 lead following James Webb III's 3-pointer with 2:39 remaining.
Houston rallied to move to within 61-60 following a pair of free throws from Rose, but the Broncos pushed their lead back to two points after Igor Hadziomerovic sank 1-of-2 free throws with 62 ticks left on the clock.
On the ensuing possession, Stiggers' 3-pointer was just off the mark, but Barnes timed his jump perfectly to grab the offensive rebound and put it back up and in, tying the game at 62-62 with 51 seconds left in regulation.
After a Boise State timeout, the Broncos worked the ball around before throwing it away. As players from both teams scrambled after the loose ball, Stiggers nearly made the recovery but stepped out of bounds in the try, giving the ball back to the Broncos.
With the shot clock off, Broise State tried for the last shot but turned it over, giving the Cougars one last try with just under three seconds remaining. Unfortunately, Stiggers' heave at the buzzer was off, sending the Cougars to their second overtime game of the season.
In the extra period, Houston struck first on a Rose layup, but the Broncos scored the game's next six points to take the lead for good. The Cougars moved back to within 70-69 following a Barnes' 3-pointer and held the ball, but Hadziomerovic swiped an errant pass and raced down the court for a layup with 45 seconds left.
Houston had one last try in the final 10 seconds. Rose moved the Cougars to within 75-73 with 10 seconds to go. With no timeouts remaining, the Cougars were forced to foul, sending Dezmyn Trent to the free throw line, where he missed both tries.
Houston quickly brought the ball down the floor, but a 3-point attempt to win the game at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
With the loss, Houston dropped its third straight and fell to 5-4. Boise State moved to 10-2.
Derrick Marks led five Broncos in double digits with 14 points, including four treys in five attempts, while Mikey Thompson finished the night with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. Hadziomerovic and Rob Heyer posted 11 points apiece, and Webb III added 10 points and five boards in the win.
Houston closes out play at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Championship Round play when it meets Texas Tech at 8 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, inside Orleans Arena.
The marks the second straight year that the Cougars will face the Red Raiders in a regular-season tournament. A year ago, Texas Tech claimed a 76-64 win in the third-place game at the Progressive Legends Classic Championship Round in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Fans can watch Tuesday's game live on FOX Sports 1 with Joe Davis calling the play-by-play action and Donny Marshall providing analysis.
Fans can hear Tuesday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the play-by-play action, by clicking the Houston All-Access link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here. The pregame show is slated to begin at 7:45 p.m. (CST), Tuesday.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
BUY TICKETS NOW
Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. 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.
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, and fans are encouraged to make their purchases soon due to limited numbers.
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.
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