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LAS VEGAS, NEVEDA (December 22, 2014) Fighting back from a nine point deficit at the half to tie the game at the end of regulation, the Houston Cougars came up two points short in overtime; falling to the Boise State Bronco by the score of 75-73 on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 in the championship round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The loss is the Cougars’ third straight and dropped their record to 5-4. The Broncos raised their record to 10-2. Houston will face Texas Tech on Tuesday, Dec. 23 for third place in the tournament.
The Broncos had a 19 point lead at the 17:28 mark in the second half. The Cougars battled back to tie the game at 62-all in regulation to force the game into overtime. After a spirited and intense overtime period, Boise State edged out a two point lead in the final seconds for the win.
Danrad Knowles again led the Cougars on the court for his second double-double in as many games. The 6-10 sophomore, who played his prep ball at HCYA in Houston, scored 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, 10 of them on defense. L.J. Rose, who saw 42 minutes of playing time, scored 16 points, with six of those points coming at the free throw line.
Three other Houston players scored in double figures; including Devonta Pollard with 12 points, followed by Jherrod Stiggers with 11. Starting guard LeRon Barnes contributed 10 points, along with 2-of-4 from three-point range.
Houston shot a paltry 36.9% from the field, along with 25% from three point range. They also tallied 11 assists along with four steals.
Boise State had five players scoring in double digits and shot 47% from the field. They were also 42% from three-point range.