Houston - Ramon Dyer scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the University of Houston to a 69-57 victory over SMU Saturday night in front of 4,306 at Hofheinz Pavilion. The victory was Houston's sixth straight win, the longest winning streak by a UH team since 1995-96, when the Cougars also won six straight games.
The only time the Cougars trailed in Saturday night's game was in the opening minute when SMU's Bamba Fall scored the first two points of the game. On Houston's next possession, Lanny Smith nailed a three-point shot from the right wing to put the Cougars up 3-2. Then, Sam Anderson made two free throws and Oliver Lafayette hit another three to put Houston up 8-2.
The Cougars led 24-17 with 3:08 left to play in the first half when Dyer scored the final six points to give Houston a 30-17 halftime lead.
In the second half, Houston picked up right where it left off as the Cougars made 12 of their first 14 shots from the field and four of their six free throws to open up a 59-38 lead with 9:37 left to play.
The Cougars led 64-46 with 3:41 left to play when SMU used an 8-0 run to close to within 67-57 with 17 seconds remaining. But Lafayette scored a lay-up with two seconds on the clock to make the final score 69-57.
Lafayette finished the game with 12 points, and Lanny Smith added 11 for the Cougars. Sam Anderson came off the bench to scored nine points and pull down a career-high nine rebounds, and Brian Latham equaled his career-high of nine assists. It was the third time this season he handed out nine assists in a game, and the second since he took over the starting point guard duties.
Derrick Roberts led SMU with 17 points, while Bryan Hopkins has 12 points and Devon Pearson added 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Mustangs.
The victory improved Houston's record to 16-6 overall and 6-3 in Conference USA play, while SMU fell to 11-11 and the Mustangs are 3-6 in the C-USA standings.