Scores

Final

East Carolina 76

(9-9, 0-5 C-USA)

Houston 82

(10-9, 2-4 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, January 21, 2012

Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, Texas

1 2 T
ECU 31 4576
HOU 42 4082

Top Performers

East Carolina: M. Paul 23 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Houston: J. Simmons 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Houston 82, East Carolina 76

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Jonathon Simmons and Alandise Harris scored 19 points apiece, and Houston barely withstood a furious East Carolina comeback to hold on for an 82-76 victory Saturday night.

TaShawn Thomas added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (10-9, 2-4 Conference USA), who snapped a four-game losing streak and dealt the Pirates (9-9, 0-5) their fifth straight defeat.

Houston led 74-50 after a Simmons fast-break layup with 7:46 to play. What followed was a 25-2 ECU run, capped by a Robert Sampson jumper that cut the lead to 76-75 with 2:23 left. But ECU went 0 for 6 from the field after that, and a Miguel Paul free throw was the Pirates' last score of the game. Houston made four free throws in the final 1:12 to secure the win.

Paul led East Carolina with 23 points, and Shamarr Bowden and Erin Straughn scored 12 each.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
HOU
Points 76 82
FG Made-Attempted 25-66 (.379) 31-62 (.500)
3P Made-Attempted 10-35 (.286) 6-14 (.429)
FT Made-Attempted 16-25 (.640) 14-20 (.700)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 24

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