Scores

Final

Houston 87

(3-0, 1-0 away)

Arkansas 78

(2-1, 2-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN3

8:00 PM ET, November 18, 2011

1 2 T
HOU 36 5187
ARK 36 4278

Top Performers

Houston: K. Van Slyke 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

Arkansas: J. Nobles 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

Houston 87, Arkansas 78

Associated Press

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Kirk Van Slyke scored 19 points off the bench and Houston held off a late rally to beat Arkansas 87-78 Friday night.

The Cougars (3-0) hit 10 of their first 15 shots after halftime to build a 64-49 lead with 10:43 remaining.

Arkansas (2-1) chipped away at the lead and pulled within 72-68 on a Julysses Nobles steal and slam dunk with 4:16 to play, but could get no closer.

The Razorbacks led by as many as eight points late in the first half, but the Cougars ended the period on a 10-2 run to tie the game 36-36 at halftime.

Houston hit 18 of 23 free throws and scored 19 second-chance points to stymie the Razorbacks' comeback bid.

Arkansas was playing without leading scorer and rebounder Marshawn Powell, who suffered what Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson called a "severe knee injury" in practice Thursday.

Nobles led Arkansas with 16 points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
ARK
Points 87 78
FG Made-Attempted 31-59 (.525) 28-65 (.431)
3P Made-Attempted 7-16 (.438) 4-17 (.235)
FT Made-Attempted 18-23 (.783) 18-29 (.621)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
Largest Lead 15 8

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