HOUSTON - University of Houston junior guard Jherrod Stiggers drained a career-high eight 3-pointers to lead the Cougars to an 80-53 win against Mississippi Valley State on Sunday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Stiggers poured in a game-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the fielding, including a blistering 8-of-11 clip from the 3-point line. It was the second straight game in which Stiggers posted at least seven treys after hitting seven in the Cougars' 82-69 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday during the final day of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
With his performance, Stiggers posted his team-leading fourth 20-point game of the season and his second straight. He also became only the third player in Houston history to sink eight or more 3-pointers in a game, joining Robert McKiver (9, three times; most recently vs. Middle Tennessee, Dec. 1, 2007) and Andre Owens (8, at Marquette (March 2, 2005).
With the win, the Cougars won their second straight game and improved to 7-4 in their final game before the start of American Athletic Conference play. Mississippi Valley State dropped its fifth straight game and fell to 1-11.
The two teams battled back and forth early before the Cougars broke the game open. With the score tied at 25-25, Houston used a 15-3 run to build a lead it would never relinquish. Junior guard Cavon Baker and junior forward Devonta Pollard led the way with six points apiece during the run.
In the second half, the Delta Devils closed the gap to 44-39 on Jeffery Simmons' jumper with 17:47 left, but the Cougars used 16-5 run over the next 5:08 and kept the Delta Devils off the scoreboard for nearly eight minutes to build a double-digit advantage.
The Cougars outrebounded the Delta Devils 44-24 and used a solid second-half effort on the way to their third straight win in the all-time series. Houston limited MVSU to only 28.6 percent (8-of-28) from the field in the second half while connecting on 56.0 percent (14-of-25) of their tries.
Baker posted 13 points with three 3-pointers of his own, while Pollard added 12 points with seven rebounds and a pair of steals. Sophomore forward Danrad Knowles finished with nine points, a game-high 10 rebounds and three assists in the win.
Isaac Williams led Mississippi Valley State with 12 points, while Jeffrey Simmons and Jordan Washington added 11 points apiece in the loss.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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