Jan. 26, 2014
HOUSTON (AP) - Sophomore guard Danuel House scored 22 points and junior forward TaShawn Thomas added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the 33rd double-double of his career, but the University of Houston Men's Basketball dropped a 75-68 decision to American Athletic Conference rival SMU on Sunday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
SMU guard Nic Moore was 8 of 18 and connected on 11 of 12 from the free throw line to lead all players with 28 points as SMU (16-4, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) shot 61.5 percent in the second half. Markus Kennedy added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Russell had 10 points for SMU.
Houston shot 56.5 percent in the second half and just under 48 percent in the game, including 8 of 18 from behind the arc, but the Cougars turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 16 points off turnovers.
Following Sunday's game, the Cougars hit the road again for a two-game swing. The Cougars face UConn at 8 p.m. (CST), Thursday, in Storrs, Conn., before meeting Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. (CST), Sunday, in Piscataway, N.J.
From there, Houston returns home to play host to a pair of games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars meet No. 12/8 Louisville at 8 p.m., Feb. 5 and square off against Temple at 1 p.m., Feb. 9.
Fans should note that the Feb. 5 vs. No 12/8 Louisville will be part of Guy V. Lewis Night inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Coach Lewis will be recognized for the first time on the court that bears his name with his family and former players in a pregame ceremony for his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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With the 75-68 victory for SMU, the Mustangs improved to 26-46 all-time against the Cougars. SMU has snapped a three-game losing streak in the series dating back to a 62-59 win for the Cougars on Feb. 25, 2012.
Fans showed up in droves for today's game, setting a season high attendance of 4,567. The previous high of 4,035 came against UConn on Dec. 31.
Sophomore forward Danuel House's recorded his fourth 20+ point game of the season and ninth of his career with 22 points against the Mustangs.
Junior forward TaShawn Thomas collected 13 points and 10 rebounds for his 33rd career double-double. Thomas is now three double-double games away from tying Dwight Jones and Tim Moore for tenth on the all-time list.
Houston continued to get success off the bench as 39 of the team's 68 points came from the non-starters. On the season 34.5 percent (486 out of 1,408) of the Cougar's points have come off the bench.
Houston added six more blocked shots to bring their season total to 125. The Cougars began the week ranked 15 in the nation in the category with 6.3 per game.
With his block in today's game, TaShawn Thomas now has at least one block in all 20 games this season, and 31 consecutive dating back to last season. The last time Thomas did not record a block was against East Carolina on Jan. 21, 2012. Extending even further, Thomas has also recorded a block in 53 of the past 54 games.