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Houston smacks Pirates

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Houston bolted to a double-digit lead within minutes after tip-off and maintained control the rest of the way to capture an easy 85-67 Conference USA victory over East Carolina Wednesday night at Hofheinz Pavilion on the UH campus.

Junior guard Aubrey Coleman scored 23 points  and four of his teammates contributed double figure scoring to help the Cougars build a 51-31 halftime lead and fend off any serious threat from the Pirates in the second half.

Senior center Marcus Cousin scored 18 points and junior guard Kelvin Lewis had 16 points, while junior forward Qa'rraan Calhoun and senior guard DaShaun Williams added 12 points apiece for Houston (12-4, 3-1 C-USA).

Cousin and Calhoun completed double doubles by hauling in 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

Senior guard Sam Hinnant scored 22 points, freshman forward Darrius Morrow had 12 points and sophomore forward Jamar Abrams recorded 10 points and 9 rebounds for East Carolina (9-8, 1-3).

The Pirates led 10-7 less than four minutes after the game's start when the Cougars went on a 26-8 run to build a 15-point lead, 33-18, with 7:21 left in the half. East Carolina never whittled its deficit to single digits after that point.

After starting the season 8-1, the Pirates have lost seven of their last eight. Three of the losses were to Atlantic Coast Conference teams and three were to C-USA foes.

The Pirates make the second stop on their Texas swing Saturday when they face Southern Methodist in Dallas (5 p.m., CBSCSN). The Mustangs (6-10, 1-3) lost a 53-50 heartbreaker at Marshall Wednesday night thanks to a 75-foot bank shot by Herd forward Markel Humphrey as time expired.

BOX SCORE

HOUSTON 85, EAST CAROLINA 67

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009
Place: Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, TX
Attendance: 3,520
Officials: Emanuel Upton, Rodrick Dixon, Quinton Reece
Technical Fouls: None

SCORE BY PERIODS    1   2  FINAL
East Carolina..... 31  36  -  67
Houston........... 51  34  -  85

EAST CAROLINA (9-8, 1-3 C-USA)
PLAYER                  FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
Morrow............ f   4-7   0-0   4-5   4   12   23
Abrams............ f  4-13   0-4   2-3   9   10   36
Legan............. g   3-6   3-4   0-0   5    9   32
Hinnant........... g  9-19   2-8   2-2   5   22   36
Young............. g   2-6   0-1   4-4   3    8   40
Kupets..............   0-2   0-1   0-0   1    0    7
Sherrod.............   0-2   0-1   0-0   1    0    6
Sargent.............   0-0   0-0   2-2   0    2    2
Wynn................   2-2   0-0   0-0   2    4   18
TEAM................                     0
TOTALS.............. 24-57  5-19 14-16  30   67  200
PERCENT.............  42.1  26.3  87.5

HOUSTON (12-4, 3-1 C-USA)
PLAYER                  FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
Calhoun........... f   5-9   2-4   0-0  10   12   35
Cousin............ c  7-11   0-0   4-6  13   18   34
Lewis............. g  5-12   3-8   3-4   3   16   34
Wade.............. g   1-5   0-1   0-0   1    2   16
Coleman........... g  8-16   0-1   7-8   3   23   40
Nixon...............   0-0   0-0   0-0   0    0    5
Mosley..............   0-0   0-0   0-2   1    0    2
Williams............   5-7   0-1   2-4   4   12   25
McGloster...........   1-2   0-1   0-0   3    2    9
TEAM................                     2
TOTALS.............. 32-62  5-16 16-24  40   85  200
PERCENT.............  51.6  31.3  66.7

PAGE UPDATED 01/22/09 03:23 AM.

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