Jan. 3, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore guard Joseph Young drained a career-high seven 3-pointers to help lead the Cougars to a 96-71 win against Texas-Pan American on Thursday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Houston native and Yates High product tied for the fifth-most treys in a game in Houston history and topped his previous high of six treys against Louisiana-Lafayette earlier this season. Young posted his fifth 20-point game of the season and the eighth of his career on 7-of-12 shooting, including 7-of-9 from behind the arc.
He also finished 4-of-5 from the free throw line but saw his streak of 19 consecutive free throws snapped on his first attempt of the night.
Wearing home grey uniforms for the first time in recent memory, the Cougars built a 42-36 lead at halftime and then exploded for 54 points in the second half to win their sixth straight game and improve to 11-2. Houston outrebounded the Broncs 37-24 in the game and connected on 54.8 percent from the field, including a blistering 62.1 percent during the final 20 minutes.
The Cougars built a 40-24 lead late in the first half before UTPA closed out the opening period on a 12-2 run to move to within 42-36 at the break.
In the second half, UTPA chipped away at the lead and moved to within 56-50 when Jamal Dantzler drained a 3-pointer with 12:04 left in the game. However, Houston took off on a 16-6 run during the next four minutes to seize control.
Freshman forward Danuel House and sophomore point guard J.J. Thompson posted 12 points apiece with Houston grabbing seven rebounds and Thompson dishing out a game-high six assists. Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, finished with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals, while redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers added 10 points with a pair of treys.
Senior forward Leon Gibson came off the bench to score eight points with a game-high eight rebounds in the win.
UTPA guard Aaron Urbanus led the Broncs with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, while Jesus Delgado added 12 points. Justin Leathers and Brandon Provost each chipped in with 10 points in the losing effort.
With seven 3-pointers, sophomore guard Kelvin Lewis posted the most treys in a game by a Cougar since Kelvin Lewis finished with seven against SMU on Feb. 13, 2010.
Young's 3-pointer total trailed only 9 (Robert McKiver, vs. Middle Tennessee, 12/1/07; Robert McKiver, vs. College of Charleston, 11/17/07; Robert McKiver, vs. Prairie View A&M, 11/29/06 and Andre Owens, at Marquette, 3/2/05).
Houston improved to 8-1 inside the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion this season.
Freshman forward Danuel House tied his career high with seven rebounds... Equaled mark against Prairie View (Dec. 29) and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Nov. 25).
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas made the 44th consecutive start of his collegiate career... He has started every game of his career.
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Following Thursday's game, the Cougars wrap up their season-long, six-game homestand and open Conference USA play against SMU at 7 p.m., Wednesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the team hits the road for the first time since Dec. 4 to meet C-USA rival Southern Miss at 2 p.m., Dec. 12 in Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss.