Kuebler scored 19 of his team-high 21 points in the first half. The junior missed just one shot in the period (8-of-9) and hit three 3-pointers. English caught fire in the second half, scoring 15 of his 20 points after the break. The all-WAC first team guard also led the team in rebounds (6) and assists (5).
Behind Kuebler's hot shooting, the 'Bows shot 70 percent (21-30) from the floor in the first half while jumping out to a 48-33 halftime advantage. With the score tied at 18 midway through the period,
The Runnin' Rebels scored the first 10 points in the second half to cut the UH lead to 48-43 at the first media timeout. But English took over after that, scoring eight straight points over the next three minutes to build
Nkeruwem Akpan added 12 points and four rebounds in his fourth straight start at center. Guard Jason Carter returned from a knee injury, which forced him to miss last week's WAC Tournament, and scored nine points in 10 minutes. Forward Vaidotas Peciukas came off the bench and added relief in the low post after forward Phil Martin and centers Akpan and Haim Shimonovich got in foul trouble.
Guard Mark Campbell had eight points and four assists but importantly held all-Mountain West Conference guard Marcus Banks in check.