Houston Barely Holds On, Beats East Carolina 82-76

HOUSTON (AP) -- 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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  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM
    Lebo and TH need to be fired!
  • by Barely on Jan 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM
    Nice title. My wife is almost pregnant too. Way to spin an aweful program into a semi-positive story.
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      by Go Pirates! on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM in reply to Barely
      So which community college did you flunk out of?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 22, 2012 at 09:39 PM
    James, you suck. Your ignorance you spew up here sucks. Your hometown sucks as well. Columbia is the armpit of Eastern North Carolina and it's ashame it's that close to the OBX.
  • by James Location: Columbia on Jan 22, 2012 at 03:12 PM
    Who cares ? ECU sucks as always. They should be in the same league with Norfolk State. I do not know if they could compete there either.
  • by Petey Pirate on Jan 22, 2012 at 04:15 AM
    Some fool gave a million dollars to this basketball program. He should have just burned it.
    • reply
      by Dave on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM in reply to Petey Pirate
      Thats because the donator is your typical stupid ENC goober.
      • reply
        by Sam on Jan 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM in reply to Dave
        It's called "donor", not donator Dave. I thought you were an English major. Also we donors at least have earned enough money to give back to our alma mater while people like you are living the low life.
  • by Cheerleaders on Jan 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
    I dunno about you, but I'd pay to watch those cheerleaders in the video play. They put the ECU girls to shame.

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