Men’s basketball falls to University of Houston 112-46

The men’s basketball team fell to NCAA D1 University of Houston (UH) 112-46 on Saturday. The Cougars are the No. 5-ranked team in the nation.

Head Coach Chris Dial said, “It was a tough outing for us today. Houston is an exceptional team and we needed to play perfect to be relevant in this game. With that said, there was plenty for us to take from it. We feel fortunate to have gotten to play for the first time in seven weeks and through it all, we have to continue to improve.”

History

This is the first time the men’s basketball program has faced a top 25 NCAA D1 team.

Basics

The Cougars scored a season high 112 points. They shot 55.4 percent from the field and 48.4 percent from the three-point line. They limited the Saints to 25 percent shooting but OLLU hit 13-of-14 free throws. Houston grabbed 55 rebounds and forced 24 turnovers by the Saints. Jordan Embry (SR/Paris, Texas) led the Saints with nine points.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Embry led the Saints with nine points. Lennox Jones Jr. (SR/Richmond, Texas) grabbed five rebounds. He also led the Saints with four assists.

Cameron Tyson led the Cougars with 32 points. Kiyron Powell grabbed 13 rebounds to post a double-double on top of his 11 points. Jamal Shead led UH with 11 assists.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 15-of-60 shooting for 25 percent, 3-of-29 from three-point range for 10.3 percent and 13-of-14 from the free-throw line for 92.9 percent.

The Saints grabbed 28 rebounds while the Cougars collected 55. OLLU forced 13 turnovers and committed 24.

Up next

The Saints head to Hawkins, Texas, to take on Jarvis Christian College on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.