HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first five minutes and never looked back in taking a 76-49 win over Nicholls on Monday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion in its final non-conference game of the season in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
The Cougars connected on 45.5 percent of their 66 shots from the field and limited Nicholls to only 28.1 percent in the game, including 25.9 percent in the second half. Houston also outrebounded the Colonels 53-28 in their biggest margin of the season with 18 offensive boards leading to 40 second-chance points and swatted a season-high 11 shots with five different players blocking two shots apiece.
Nicholls scored the final six points of the first half to trim the Cougars' lead to 31-20 at the break. However, Houston started the second half on a 20-5 run and never led by fewer than 21 points the rest of the way.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 10-2, while Nicholls dropped to 4-9. Houston also enjoyed double-digits non-conference wins entering conference play for the first time since 2012-13.
Senior forward Devonta Pollard led all players with 18 points and added a game-high eight rebounds. Junior guard Damyean Dotson totaled 15 points and tied with Pollard for the team lead with eight boards, while sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., added 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and a pair of blocks.
Although he was the only Cougar to play who did not score, freshman point guard Galen Robinson Jr., made major contributions to the offense with a career-high 10 assists.
Nicholls' Quinton Thomas was the only Colonel to reach double digits with 15 points, while Adam Ward came off the bench to score seven points with a game-high seven rebounds.
Following Monday's game, the Cougars continue a busy week and open American Athletic Conference play with a 2-game road swing. The trip begins at 1 p.m. (CST), Wednesday, vs. USF in Tampa, Fla., and continues at 11 a.m. (CST), Saturday at Temple.
Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to Tulane at 8 p.m., Jan. 5, in American Athletic Conference play.
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS
Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.
Fans also 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.
Single-game tickets for Houston Men's Basketball's 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.
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Fans can purchase three tickets to Houston home games in the 3-Point Pack. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.
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Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket
Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.
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