Monday, December 28, 2015

Houston Cougars down Nicholls Colonels 76-49 prior to starting conference play

The Cougars raised their season mark to 10-2 with a
76-49 win over the Nicholls Colonels.
Photo by Robert H Kelly
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2015 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (December 28, 2015) In a game that saw 35 defensive rebounds by the Cougars, Houston raised their season record to 10-2 with a 76-49 win over the Nicholls Colonels on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Hofheinz Pavilion. Three Cougars scored in double figures and one player contributed with 10 assists.

Houston jumped out to a 31-20 lead at halftime, and poured it on with 45 points in the second half. Starting guard Devonta Pollard led the Cougars with his third highest point total of the season; 18 points. The senior from Porterville, Mississippi also tallied eight rebounds, four at each end of the court, while shooting 7-of-8 from the field and 4-4 from the line. Damyean Dotson scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Rob Gray, Jr. added 14 points and five defensive rebounds. Pollard, who saw 27 minutes of playing time, added three assists, two blocks and one steal to his season stats.

The Cougars scored 27 points off the bench with Eric Weary, Jr. and Wes Van Beck contributing eight points each and Danrad Knowles chipping in six. Houston tallied 20 second chance points and shot 46% from the field in the winning effort.

For the Colonels, Quinton Thomas came off the bench to score 15 points, with Ja’Dante’ Frye and Liam Thomas added nine points each. With the loss, Nicholls falls to 4-9 in their last game of 2015 and prior to the start of their conference schedule against Lamar. Houston will finished off 2015 on the road with their first conference game against USF on December 30.

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