Houston, Texas (Nov. 5) - The University of Houston used a 19-12 run in the final five minutes of the game to defeat the Houston Flight, 95-91, in their first exhibition game of the 2000-01 season.
It marked Houston's first game under new head coach Ray McCallum, who came to Houston after recording a 126-76 record in seven seasons at Ball State.
"It was definitely time for a game," said Houston head coach Ray McCallum. "I wanted to see what kind of decisions we would make when an opponent was playing true defense against us."
Houston led throughout most of the game until the Flight took a 79-77 lead with 4:46 remaining to play on Anthony Goldwire's three-point shot from the top of the key.
But, sophomore forward George Williams scored on a three-point play off an offensive rebound and three dunk shots down the stretch to lead Houston's rally.
Williams ended the contest with 24 points and 10 rebounds and was one of three Cougars to record a double-double in the game. Freshman Alton Ford scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut and junior college transfer Patrick Okafor added 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds in his first game at UH.
In addition, Chad Hendrick added 19 points, nine rebounds and a game-high six assists for the Cougars and junior college transfer Dominic Smith added 11 points in his first start for Houston.
Andre Branch scored 31 points and Goldwire added 25 points for the Flight.
Houston will play EZY Bond of Australia in their second exhibition on Friday, November 10, at 6:00 p.m. before opening the regular season against Air Force in the first round of the BCA Classic on November 16 in Winston Salem, N.C.