Houston 93, East Carolina 80

Aubrey Coleman scored 29 points, three above his nation-leading
average, and Houston rolled to a 93-80 victory over East Carolina
in the first round of the Conference USA tournament Wednesday.

Seventh-seed Houston (16-15) will play second-seed Memphis in
the quarterfinals Thursday.

Brock Young had 24 points to lead East Carolina (10-21) in the
final game for coach Mack McCarthy, who is taking an administration
job at the school.

Kelvin Lewis had 15 points for the Cougars. Houston began to
empty its bench and run clock with more than 10 minutes remaining
when it had a 23-point lead.

East Carolina crept within 88-78 with 3:49 to play, forcing
Houston to call timeout and put the starters back in the game. The
Pirates got as close as 90-81 before Coleman scored his final
basket on a layup with a minute left.