Jan. 30, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas--The University of Houston (11-9, 4-3 C-USA) defeated Marshall University (15-6, 4-3 C-USA) 81-66 in Conference USA men's basketball action in the Hofheinz Pavillion Jan. 30. Houston's Aubrey Coleman, Division I's leading scorer paced the Cougars with 37 points.
Houston opened the game on a 10-2 run paced by a pair of Maurice McNeil baskets. A Chris Lutz three-pointer put an end to the run and got the Herd to back to within five. Antonio Haymon scored the next four points to cut the Houston lead to 10-9. Led by Coleman (who recorded five points), the Cougars mounted a 12-2 run that pushed the advantage to 22-11 with 8:34 to play in the stanza.
After a Herd timeout, a Wilkerson putback and a Shaquille Johnson fast break three-pointer, moved Marshall to within six. Houston increased the lead to nine, 29-20, when Kelvin Lewis connected on his second three of the half. Back-to-back three's from Lutz and Damier Pitts moved MU to within three, 29-26. The Cougars took a 32-27 advantage into halftime.
McNeil scored four the first six points of the second half for Houston as the Cougars led 38-31 entering the first media timeout of the frame. For the third time in the game, Houston used a run, a 11-0 spurt, to take a 51-33 lead at the 12:55 mark. The Cougars would lead by as much as 20 during the second half.
Marshall reached the two-shot bonus midway through the second half. Getting to the charity stripe, MU chipped away at the Houston leading, cutting it to 59-46 on a Dago Pena basket with a little under nine to go. Houston would lead by as much as 20 during the second half. Marshall would get as close as 11 down the stretch.
Lutz led the Herd with 13 points. Pitts scored 12 points and grabbed a career high nine rebounds to go along with six assists. Haymon scored a season high 12 points and grabbed a season high eight rebounds. Hassan Whiteside
scored 10 points, posted eight rebounds and blocked four shots.
"We need to learn bounce back from tough losses," said Marshall head coach Donnie Jones. "We are feeling sorry for ourselves. We need to learn from this and show our toughness and fight as we move forward."
Marshall heads to Tulsa for a Wednesday night matchup. Tip is set for 8 p.m. (EST).
NOTES--The Marshall coaching staff participated in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coaches vs. Cancer Suites and Sneakers awareness weekend...All members of the Herd staff wore white sneakers as part of the collaborative effort of the American Cancer Society and the NABC to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world without cancer...With the insertion of Nigel Spikes into the starting lineup in place of Tyler Wilkerson, Marshall used its seventh different starting combination of the season...Former NBA head coach and Houston grad Don Chaney sat courtside during the game.