ECU Rally Not Enough in 82-76 Loss to Houston



Jan. 21, 2012

Box Score

Box Score
Houston 82, East Carolina 76
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.