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.