McKiver scores 52 in Coogs' victory

HOUSTON McKiver's total broke a Hofheinz Pavilion record of 44 points set by Larry Bird for Indiana State in an NIT game on March 9, 1977. McKiver shot 17-of-34 from the field, including 7-of-17 from 3-point range. He also hit 11 of 12 free throws.

Marcus Malone added 17 points and Kelvin Lewis had 11 for the Cougars (21-6, 10-3 Conference USA). Tafari Toney had 12 rebounds for Houston.

Craig Craft came off the bench to lead Southern Miss (15-12, 7-6) with 16 points. Courtney Beasley and Andre Stephens each had 14 points.

The Cougars used a 17-6 run, including 16 straight points by McKiver, to take a 26-13 lead midway through the first half.

McKiver's 52 points is the most for the Cougars since Elvin Hayes scored 55 against Southwestern on Feb. 12, 1966.

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