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.