March 10, 2008
HOUSTON -- After helping lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to the program's winningest season since 1991-1992, seniors Robert McKiver and Dion Dowell were named to All-Conference USA teams, as announced by the league office on Monday.
For the second straight season, McKiver earned a spot on the All-Conference USA First Team. The New Haven, Conn., native recorded 20 or more points in 16 games this season, including seven games with 30 or more points.
McKiver set a C-USA record pouring in a career-high 52 points in Houston's victory over Southern Miss on Feb. 28. He became just the fourth player in school history to record 50 points in a game, while his point total also was the highest posted in NCAA Division I play this season.
McKiver currently leads the conference in free-throw shooting (.866) and ranks second in scoring (23.1 ppg) and steals (1.77 spg).
Dowell was Houston's other representative, being named to the All-Conference USA Third Team.
Dowell leads the Cougars with three double-doubles this season after scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against UTEP on March 8.
The Texas City native has recorded five 20-point and five double-figure rebounding games this season. He leads the Cougars in blocked shots (51) and rebounding (6.7 rpg).
All Conference USA First Team
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis, Guard
Stefon Jackson, UTEP, Guard
Robert McKiver, Houston, Guard
Derrick Rose, Memphis, Guard
Robert Vaden, UAB, Guard
All Conference USA Second Team
Joey Dorsey, Memphis, Forward
David Gomez, Tulane, Forward
Jermaine Taylor, UCF, Guard/Forward
Ben Uzoh, Tulsa, Guard
Jeremy Wise, Southern Miss, Guard
All Conference USA Third Team
Dion Dowell, Houston, Forward
Robert Dozier, Memphis, Forward
Markel Humphrey, Marshall, Forward
Jon Killen, SMU, Guard
Lawrence Kinnard, UAB, Forward