Houston 63, Nicholls 62
Maurice McNeil’s layup with three seconds remaining in overtime
enabled Houston to escape with a 63-62 victory against Nicholls
State on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Adam Brown had 20 points while McNeil and Kirk Van Slyke added
12 each for the Cougars, who made James Dickey a winner in his
coaching debut with the school. The former Texas Tech coach
replaced Tom Penders, who resigned after last season despite
leading Houston on a surprise late run to its first NCAA tournament
appearance in 18 years.
Fred Hunter had 28 points and Anatoly Bose added 22 for the
Colonels, who gave the Cougars one last possession when Bryan
Hammond turned the ball over after rebounding a Houston miss with
eight seconds to play. After McNeil’s layup, Bose missed a 3-point
attempt at the buzzer.
McNeil had 13 rebounds, Van Slyke 10.