Cougars Travel To Cincinnati

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    The University of Houston men's basketball will be looking to win its third straight Conference USA game and fourth game in seven outings when the Cougars travel to Cincinnati on Saturday, February 24. The game can be heard tape-delayed on KUHF-FM (88.7) at 7:00 p.m.

    The Cougars enter the game with a 7-18 overall record and are 4-9 in C-USA play after winning their first road game of the season at Tulane, 81-76, last Wednesday night. Houston began the week with a 71-51 victory over Saint Louis last Monday night in Houston.

    Meanwhile, Cincinnati will play its final home game of the 2000-01 campaign and enter Saturday game with an 18-8 overall record, which includes an 8-5 C-USA mark. The Bearcats are in a three-way tie for fourth place with Charlotte and Southern Miss in the C-USA standings. Marquette, Memphis and South Florida are in a three-way tie for first place in the C-USA standings entering Saturday's games.

    Houston has won its last two games against Saint Louis and at Tulane. George Williams led a balanced offensive attack with a season-high 22 points as Houston defeated Tulane, 81-76, at Fogelman Arena in New Orleans.

    The victory was Houston's first win on the road this season and the Cougars' first win on Tulane's home court in school history. It also was only the third time in the last 17 games that Tulane has lost a game at Fogelman Arena.

    In addition to Williams' 22 points, Ford and Patrick Okafor added 16 points each, Oliver tallied 11 and Smith scored 10.

    Alton Ford scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead Houston to a 71-51 victory over Saint Louis.

    Ford scored 15 of his points in the second half when the Cougars used a 24-1 run to turn a 40-35 deficit into a 59-41 lead with 5:40 remaining in the game. Patrick Okafor and Marcus Oliver started Houston's rally with a layup and a pair of free throws, respectively. Ford put Houston up for good when he followed George Williams' missed jumper with a layup to give the Cougars a 41-40 lead. Houston increased its lead to as many as 23 (69-46) with 2:0-3 remaining to play and finished the game with their most one-sided Conference USA victory in five years dating back to a 94-74 victory over South Florida on January 22, 1997.

    Houston's front line dominated the game with 48 points and 23 rebounds. In addition to Ford's 22 points and nine rebounds, Okafor finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Williams also added 12 points and six rebounds.



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