HOUSTON, TX - Toledo (1-7) slowed down Houston’s high-scoring attack tonight but it wasn’t enough in UT’s 67-56 defeat to Cougars (8-1) at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Rockets were able to hold the Cougars 13 points under their season average, but were hurt by UH’s 40-25 advantage on the boards.
Junior guard Tyrone Kent led Toledo’s attack with a game-high 25 points with senior forward Jerrah Young and junior guard Jonathan Amos also scoring in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. The trio also sparked the Midnight Blue’s defensive effort with Kent and Amos collecting four steals apiece and Young grabbing three of the Rockets’ season-high 15 thefts.
Senior Robert McKiver led the Cougars’ offense with 20 points to match his season average.
Houston led by as many as seven points early in the second stanza but UT was able to close within a point on two occasions with the last time following junior guard Ridley Johnson’s dunk with 11:21 to play. Toledo was able to stay within striking distance until a 7-0 run gave the Cougars a 60-48 advantage with remaining. The Rockets couldn’t come closer than nine points the remainder of the game.
The Rockets scored the game’s first 11 points and were leading 19-14 when the Cougars’ pressing defense sparked the hosts to a 10-0 run highlighted by a pair of McKiver treys. Kent connected for two treys of his own to bring UT within 26-25 with remaining.Young tied the score at 28-28 with a three-point play with 48.5 seconds on the clock but Houston took a two-point halftime lead on a putback from Kelvin Lewis 20 seconds later.
Toledo returns home on Saturday, Dec. 8 to host Drexel (5-3) after playing its last six contests on the road.