|Thursday, February 24, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 102
From the Inside
|Coogs fall to Memphis 84-81
By Josh Gajewski
UH guard Torrence Botts did everything he could to bring the Cougars back from an 11-point halftime deficit Wednesday night. But missed opportunities and lowly free-throw shooting from his supporting cast proved fatal as Memphis (11-15, 4-9 in Conference USA) beat the Cougars 84-81 at Hofheinz Pavilion in front of a scattered crowd of only 3,419.
MU jumped out of the gate early, running off six straight points in the first two minutes of the game.
Kenny Younger (50) was benched by UH head coach Clyde Drexler in the second half after scoring only one point and grabbing no rebounds in 12 minutes of play.
Barry Watson/The Daily Cougar
UH (8-18, 2-11C-USA) came back to take a 10-8 lead as senior guard Gee Gervin chipped in half of the Cougars' total to that point.
But that would be the only lead the Cougars would be able to muster all night.
A 21-8 run over the next eight minutes of the game gave the Tigers a 29-18 edge with 7:34 left to play in the first half, and MU held the 11-point lead into halftime, 41-30.
The Cougars shot less than 39 percent from the field in the first half, and free-throw shooting was just as bad as UH went into the locker room, hitting only five of 13 from the line.
"The biggest problem we had was just getting guys to help out," UH head coach Clyde Drexler said. "We looked very dismal and uninspired."
The second half began much like the first one, with MU outscoring the Cougars 8-2 in the early minutes.
UH responded with a 6-0 spurt, but the Cougars were unable to muster any kind of rally after that until it was too late.
Botts dropped in all 16 of his points in the second half and seemed to be the only Cougar with any kind of success from the free throw line, going 10-of-11 from the charity stripe.
"I was very happy with my free throw shooting," Botts said. "But I was just trying to take it to the hole, score and stop the clock."
UH forward Kenny Younger sat out the entire second half after scoring only one point and grabbing no rebounds in 12 minutes of play.
"Nothing was wrong with Kenny (physically)," Drexler said. "I benched him. That was my decision. He just wasn't putting out the effort that I had expected."
The Cougars finally got close at the end, closing to within three points on two different occasions in the final minutes. But time ran out as UH fell by the three-point final.
The loss was UH's eighth in a row and its 13th in the last 15 games.
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