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HOUSTON - Forwards Maurice McNeil and Alandise Harris each posted double-doubles to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a dominating 85-48 win against Rogers State on Thursday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Coming off the bench, McNeil led all players with 25 points and 13 rebounds for his team-leading sixth double-double of the season and the 12th of his career. Making his first start, Harris enjoyed the first double-double of his young collegiate career with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Cougars used steady shooting throughout the game to enjoy their biggest win of the season. Houston also limited the Hillcats to 37.0 percent shooting from the field, including an 0-of-14 performance behind the arc. It was the first time Houston held an opponent without a trey since a 54-51 win against California on Dec. 9, 1997, snapping a streak of 387 consecutive games.
With the win, Houston won its second straight game and improved to 8-5. The Cougars also improved to 7-1 in home games this season.
Rogers State entered the game with a 5-6 overall record. Thursday's contest served as an exhibition for the Hillcats and did not count toward their overall record.
Junior guard Darian Thibodeaux and senior guard Adam Brown each posted 13 points in the win with Thibodeaux going 3-for-3 from behind the arc and dishing out five assists. Senior guard Zamal Nixon added seven points, a game-high seven assists and only two turnovers in 31 minutes.
Boyd led Rogers State with 12 points, while Deveric Taylor added 10 points in the loss. Both players tied with Maurice Rutherford for the team lead with four rebounds.
The two teams went back and forth in the first half and the Hillcats pulled to within 27-23 when John Boyd hit a jumper with 5:07 remaining in the opening stanza. However, the Cougars closed the half on an 11-3 run to take a 38-24 lead into the locker room at the break. Houston never led by fewer than 12 points the rest of the way.
The team also used a strong finish in the big win. Houston wrapped up the game on a 15-2 run to close out their biggest victory since a 110-57 win against Alcorn State on Nov. 18, 2008.
The Cougars begin the most important part of their schedule when they open Conference USA play at 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Southern Miss at Reed-Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss.
That game will be televised live on CSS, the fourth of 11 televised regular-season games for the Cougars. Fans should check their local listings for broadcasts in their area.
From there, the team returns to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to #19/21 UCF at 4 p.m., Jan. 8, in Hofheinz Pavilion.
Fans can hear all Cougar men's basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst.
Cougar men's basketball tickets are available now. Fans can choose from a variety of different ticket packages that best suit their needs, including the Weekend Package (8 Saturday home games) and the Conference USA Package (8 C-USA home games).
Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets tab at UHCougars.com to buy tickets today.
* With seven 3-pointers, the Cougars recorded their 288th consecutive game with at least one trey.
* Thursday's win was head coach James Dickey's biggest victory since a 99-51 win against UTSA on Dec. 17, 1996.
* Freshmen walk-ons Donald Brooks and Rakim Stevenson saw the first action of their careers.
* Sophomore forward Kendrick Washington was held out of Thursday's game due to an infection in his elbow... The Shreveport, La., native is taking antibiotics and is listed as day-to-day.