(Adam Brown (31) scored 23 points for the Houston Cougars in their win over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Photo by Robert H Kelly-TexSport Publications, Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved)
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2010 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 23, 2010) Trailing by 12 points at the half, the Houston Cougars (4-1, 0-0 C-USA) mounted a solid offense, coming from behind to beat the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (1-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) 78-65 at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Offensive rebounds and consistent shooting seemed to be the problem for the Cougars early in the game, shooting 38% from the floor while pulling down only two offensive rebounds.
They appeared to pull together in the second half, improving their shooting to 49%
Cougar guard Adam Brown had his best game of the young season, scoring 23 points and pulling down five rebounds on 37 minutes of playing time.
Kirk Van Slyke and Kendrick Washington each scored 17 in the effort.
The Ragin’ Cajuns lead 38-26 at the half, but the Cougars went on a scoring run the second half, outscoring their opponent 52-27.
The one area the Cougars lacked was in offensive rebounds. They managed to pull down only seven in the 40 minute game, as opposed to Louisiana’ 17,
They did pull down 34 defensive rebounds, but when a team does not hit the boards, they are going to get caught up in a battle that, in most cases, they cannot win.
The Ragin’ Cajuns started off with a solid effort, but fell apart late in the second quarter.
Houston took the lead 67-65 at the 3:07 mark of the 2nd quarter on a three point shot by Adam Brown. The Cougars and never looked back, scoring 11 unanswered points for the win.
The Ragin’ Cajuns were led by Josh brown with 16 points, while La’Ryan Gary added 13.
The Cougars will now hit the road for three games, beginning Nov. 27 at TCU, followed by games on Nov. 30 at LSU and Dec. 4 at Sam Houston State.