NCAA Wrap: Houston and TCU lose

NCAA Wrap: Houston and TCU lose
February 9, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Highlights: Houston falls to Tulane

Ricky Tarrant scored 27 points, including a three-point play with 2 seconds remaining, and Tulane defeated Houston 88-85 Saturday.

The Green Wave (16-8, 4-5 Conference USA) overcame a 16-point Houston lead in the second half. The Cougars still led 79-66 with less than 4 minutes to play when Tulane scored the next 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers by Jordan Callahan, to get within a point.

Tulane led for the first time at 82-81 after Kendall Timmons' layup with 1:47 to go, and was ahead 85-81 before Houston's Joseph Young made four free throws in the final minute to tie it.

Timmons finished with 22 points and nine rebounds and Josh Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Green Wave, who ended an 18-game conference road losing streak.

Young led the Cougars (14-8, 3-6) with 26 points. TaShawn Thomas added 20 points for Houston.

Georgia 52, Texas A&M 46

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia overcame a rare low-scoring game from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and beat cold-shooting Texas A&M 52-46 on Saturday, giving the Bulldogs five straight Southeastern Conference wins for the first time in 12 years.

Caldwell-Pope, second in the SEC with his average of 17.8 points per game, had only 10 points -- all on free throws. He preserved his streak of scoring in double figures in every game when he sank two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to help hold off a late comeback attempt by the Aggies.

Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia (12-11, 6-4) with 13 points. The Bulldogs have won five straight SEC games for the first time since winning six straight in 2001.

Fabyon Harris led Texas A&M (14-9, 4-6) with 17 points. Elston Turner had 13 points despite making only 2 of 14 shots from the field.

The Aggies, who lost 59-52 at home to Georgia on Jan. 26, were swept in the season series.

Georgia won despite making only 12 shots from the field. Led by Caldwell-Pope's perfect 10-for-10 shooting, the Bulldogs made 25 of 32 free throws.

Texas A&M made only 4 of 22 shots (18.2 percent) in the half and trailed 25-16 at halftime. The Aggies shot only 24 percent from the field (12 of 50) for the game, easily its lowest mark of the season.

Caldwell-Pope, who had a least a share of Georgia's scoring lead in 20 of 22 games before Saturday, missed his only three shots from the field as the Bulldogs struggled against Texas A&M's tight defense.

A 3-pointer by Djurisic early in the second half -- the first 3 of the game for either team -- gave Georgia a 28-18 lead. Caldwell-Pope made two free throws to stretch the lead to 12 points.

Harris sank three 3-pointers in a 14-5 run for Texas A&M to cut the lead to 35-32. Georgia recovered with eight unanswered points, including 3-pointers by Vincent Williams and Sherrard Brantley, for a 43-32 lead.

Texas A&M cut the lead to four points at 50-46 before Caldwell-Pope's final free throws.

The Aggies, coming off a 70-68 win over No. 21 Missouri, were 0 for 7 from the field against Georgia before Elston Turner's baseline jumper with 12:10 remaining in the first half.

Georgia's Donte Williams fouled out with 4:35 remaining, less than a minute after the Aggies' Harris left the game with four fouls.

Kourtney Roberson had 12 rebounds for Texas A&M.

Sam Houston State 78, Lamar 40

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Will Bond scored 12 points, leading four men in double figures and Sam Houston State rolled past Lamar 78-40 on Saturday.

The 78 points was a season high for the Bearkats (13-10, 6-5 Southland). Sam Houston is 12-0 in games in which it has held opponents to less than 60 points.

Nathaniel Mason added 11 points for the Bearkats and Darius Gatson and Terrance Motley each scored 10. Motley led all rebounders with 11.

Amos Wilson and Hondo Webb led Lamar (3-21, 1-11) with 11 points. Stan Brown pulled down nine rebounds.

Sam Houston never trailed, leading at half 31-20 and by as many as 40 points in the second period.

The Bearkats shot a season-best 54.2 percent from the field (32-of-59) and limited the Cardinals to 30.2 percent shooting.

SMU 61, Rice 39

Ryan Manuel scored 16 points, Jalen Jones added 15 and SMU rolled to a 61-39 victory Saturday night over cold-shooting Rice.

Manuel was 6 of 9 from the floor, and Jones was 6 of 8, for the Mustangs (13-12, 3-7 Conference USA), who also got 12 points from Nick Russell, plus 13 rebounds and six blocks from Cannen Cunningham. SMU took control with a 24-7 run that spanned parts of both halves, then went on to lead by as many as 24.

Julian DeBose had 14 points for the Owls (5-18, 1-8), who lost their third straight. Rice shot just 20 percent from the floor, made only 10 field goals -- including a 4-of-26 performance inside the 3-point line -- and was outrebounded 40-30.

Rice's Tamir Jackson, who scored 11 points, reached 1,500 for his career on a free throw with 13:19 left in the game.

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