ECU Rally Not Enough in 82-76 Loss to Houston

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Jan. 21, 2012

Box Score

Box Score
 
Houston 82, East Carolina 76
 
 
 
1st
2nd
F
Houston 42 40 82
East Carolina 31 45 76
 
 Quick Stats
 Stats  Houston  East Carolina
FG (Made/Attempts) 31-62 (.500) 25-66 (.379)
3P (Made/Attempts) 6-14 (.429) 10-35 (.286)
FT (Made/Attempts) 14-20 (.700) 16-25 (.640)
Rebounds (O-D) 48 (17-31) 34 (15-19)
Assists 17 15
Turnovers 20 12
Fouls (tech/flagrant) 19 17
 Game Leaders
 Stats  Houston  East Carolina
Points A. Harris - 19 M. Paul - 23
Rebounds T. Thomas - 12 R. Sampson - 12
Assists J. Young - 5 Two tied - 5
Steals J. Jones - 3 C. Gaines - 3
Blocks Three tied - 1 D. Morrow - 2
 
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From wire and staff reports

HOUSTON - Jonathon Simmons and Alandise Harris scored 19 points apiece, and Houston barely withstood a furious East Carolina comeback to hold on for an 82-76 victory Saturday night.

TaShawn Thomas added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (10-9, 2-4 Conference USA), who snapped a four-game losing streak and dealt the Pirates (9-9, 0-5) their fifth straight defeat.

Houston led 74-50 after a Simmons fast-break layup with 7:46 to play. What followed was a 25-2 ECU run, capped by a Robert Sampson jumper that cut the lead to 76-75 with 2:23 left.

The Cougars misfired on their ensuing possession, but ECU was unable to pull ahead missing two shots from point-blank range. Harris then made 1-of-2 free throws to give Houston a 3-point cushion.

Miguel Paul was fouled driving to basket and made the second of two free throw attempts to bring the Pirates back within one, 77-76, with 1:04 to play. It was East Carolina's final point of the game.

ECU went 0-for-6 in the final 2:23, while Houston made four free throws in the final 1:12 to secure the win.

Paul led East Carolina with 23 points, and Shamarr Bowden and Erin Straughn scored 12 each. Sampson finished with a career-high 12 rebounds, while Darrius Morrow handed out a career-best five assists and also became the 10th player in school history to record 700 rebounds.

Morrow started the ECU rally with a dunk, igniting an 11-0 run over a span of less than two minutes to cut its deficit to 13 with 5:58 to play.

After a Thomas lay-up put the Cougars ahead by 15, ECU scored 14 unanswered to get within one on Sampson's jumper.

Houston dominated inside the paint, scoring 42 points and out-rebounding the Pirates, who relied heavily on its 3-point shooting, by 14. ECU connected on 10 of a season-high 35 3-point attempts (.286).

The Cougars finished shooting 50.0 percent (31-62) from the floor, while ECU shot 37.9 percent (25-66) scoring 27 points off 20 Houston turnovers.