Houston 88, Alcorn St. 68

Maurice McNeill had 19 points and 12 rebounds to help Houston

defeat Alcorn State 88-68 on Sunday.

McNeill scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half when

Houston broke away from a 35-35 halftime tie. Adam Brown scored 23

points to lead the Cougars (2-0).

Alandise Harris added 15 points and Darian Thibodeaux 11 for

Houston, which shot 65.5 percent from the field in the second half

and 53.6 percent in the game. The Cougars scored nine straight

points midway through the second half to build a 13-point lead and

kept it in double digits the rest of the way.

Marquiz Baker led Alcorn State (0-2) with 23 points. Kendrick

McDonald scored 17.