A look back at 17 years of Houston Men's Basketball in Conference USA
Top returning player on Houston's roster...enters 2004-05 having started 54 straight games...ended 2003-04 with 822 career points at Houston...is the only Cougar to start every game in both of the last two seasons.
2003-04 (As A Junior)
Started 27 games...ranked eighth among Conference USA leaders and led the Cougars in scoring with 16.0 points per game...also finished among the top 10 C-USA leaders in steals with a 1.6 average...ranked second among team leaders in rebounding and assists...was named Dick Vitale's National Player-of-the-Week and C-USA co-Player-of-the-Week after scoring a career-high 41 points against Texas A&M...led the Cougars in scoring during 16 games, rebounding in seven contests, assists in 14 games and steals 13 times...had ten 20-point games...scored in double figures 22 times...netted 25 points against Rice, 23 points against Charlotte and Tulane, and 22 points against TCU, Washington and Chicago State...tallied 21 points against East Carolina and Louisiana-Lafayette...scored 20 points versus Lamar...led Houston in rebounding during four games...pulled down a season-high nine rebounds at Saint Louis and grabbed eight rebounds aganst Tulane, Bethune-Cookman and East Tennessee State...grabbed seven rebounds against Louisville, Marquette, Texas A&M and Chicago State...handed out five assists against Charlotte, USF, East Carolina, Washington, and UTEP...recorded four steals against Bethune-Cookman and had three steals against Southern Miss, Tulane, Louisville, Centenary, LSU and Texas A&M.
2002-03 (As A Sophomore)
Ranked second among Houston's team scoring leaders and 18th among Conference USA scoring leaders with 13.9 points per game...recorded one double-double performance with 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Charlotte...scored 20 points in nine games and in double figures 18 times...tallied a career-high and team-best 28 points against Saint Louis...opened his Cougar career scoring 25 points and handing out a career-high seven assists against Prairie View A&M...also scored 23 points against TCU and 22 points each versus Memphis and TCU...was Houston's scoring leader in 10 games and led the team in assists in 21 games...handed out five or more assists six times...besides his seven assists against Prairie View A&M, he registered six assists against Memphis and Texas Tech...also handed out five assists versus San Diego State, Charlotte and Southern Miss...led the Cougars in steals with 26...recorded a career-high three steals against UAB...had two steals versus Tulane, Memphis, LSU, Southwest Texas State and Texas-Arlington.
Sat out the 2001-02 season as a four-year transfer.
2000-01 (AT INDIANA)
Played in 30 games as a freshman and made four starts...averaged 4.7 points per game...scored a season-high 22 points against Western Michigan...tallied 20 points versus Northeastern...netted 16 points against Temple in his third collegiate game...added 10 points against Kentucky and Michigan...grabbed a season-high four rebounds against Temple and Valparaiso...handed out a season-high three assists in 13 minutes of playing time against Northwestern...shot 45.3 percent (48-106) from the field and 38.9 percent (21-54) beyond the three point line...made seven of his nine field goal attempts, a season-high five treys (5-6) against Western Michigan...had a .742 (23-31) free throw percentage...best free throw shooting performance was against Kentucky when he made all four of his attempts...made a season-high seven free throws against Northeastern.
One of the top guards in the state of Indiana in 1999-00...averaged 23.9 points and 10 rebounds per game in his senior campaign...member of the Indiana All-Star team...named Marion County Player of the Year ...conference player of the year...ranked one of the top 50 players in the nation by Fastbreak Magazine...was a high honorable mention All-American selection by Future Stars magazine...ranked among the top 22 point guards in the nation and one of the top 150 overall seniors by Future Stars magazine...played in Nike All-American game ...tallied a career-high 42 points in a game his senior season ...Metro Super Team Player of the Year ...considered on of the top defensive players in Indiana... participated in the Nike Bluegrass Tournament where he played very well... very good jumper with a 42-inch vertical leap.
Born October 31, 1980 in Indianapolis, Ind....son of Susan E. Cohen of and Leroy Owens of Indianapolis...was recruited by Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Cincinnati out of high school...is a sports management major at Houston...hobbies include horseback riding...brother, Leroy, Jr., plays football at Indiana State...brother, Boyce, is a track and field athlete at Vincennes Junior College.