Houston 86, Texas A&M 80
HOUSTON (AP) _ University of Houston forward Tim Moore came alive in the second half Saturday to lead the Cougars to an 86-80 Southwest Conference victory over Texas A&M.
Moore scored 20 of his team-high 24 points in the second half as the Cougars pulled away from a 40-40 halftime tie.
Houston (8-15, 5-7) had all five starters in double figures. It was UH coach Alvin Brooks’ first victory over A&M in four attempts.
The Aggies (11-15 and 4-7) went frigid from the field early in the second half, missing 12 of their first 15 shots in the first nine minutes. In the same span, A&M committed eight turnovers against Houston’s pressing defense.
Four A&M players fouled out late, including Joe Wilbert, the game’s leading scorer with 25 points. Houston scored 18 of its last 20 points on free throws.
At the start of the game, the Aggies were hot. They jumped to an early 11-3 lead behind Wilbert.
Houston, which missed six of its first seven shots, then warmed up and pulled back to within one at 13-12.
From there, it was a frantic, seesaw game. Wilbert poured in 17 points that half and Jessie Drain topped UH with 10 as both teams shot 15-for-30 (.500) from the field.