Jenkins Pours In 31 In Loss To Houston
Feb. 10, 2007
HOUSTON --- Despite a career-high 31 points from junior guard Darrell Jenkins, East Carolina couldn't overtake an emerging Houston club at Hofheinz Pavilion Saturday night and suffered an 83-59 loss.
Junior Robert McKiver led a trio of Cougars in double figures with 23 points. Senior Jahmar Thorpe netted 15 points, while junior Dion Dowell contributed 11 points.
Senior Oliver Lafayette grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, but was held to just four points.
Houston (13-10, 7-3 C-USA), who has won six of its last seven games and is tied for second place, scored the game's first 10 points and never looked back creating four ECU turnovers in the first five minutes.
Freshman John Fields pulled the Pirates (5-18, 0-10 C-USA) within nine, 21-12, on dunk with 11:25 remaining in the first half. The Cougars answered with a 12-0 spurt to push its lead to 21 and led by 24 at halftime, 44-20.
Jenkins, the only Pirate in double figures, tied an ECU record by netting eight 3-pointers and finished the game 10-of-13 from the field.
Freshman Gabe Blair led the Pirates with seven rebounds, but did not score.
ECU finished the game shooting 37.3 percent from the field, while Houston converted 44.1 percent of its field goal attempts.
The Pirates were outrebounded 42-32.