Feb. 09, 2014
HOUSTON (AP) - University of Houston junior forward TaShawn Thomas had 25 points and nine rebounds as the Cougars snapped their five-game losing streak with an 88-74 win over Temple on Sunday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Thomas finished 10 of 12 shooting and had six blocks as the Cougars (12-12, 4-7 American) shot 54 percent for the game, including 11 of 24 from behind the arc.
Dalton Pepper led Temple (6-16, 1-9) with 17 points, Quenton Decosey and Anthony Lee added 14 apiece, Will Cummings had 12 points and Devontae Watson had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Temple, which lost its third straight and 11th in 12 games, shot 50 percent in the second half in cutting Houston's lead from 21 down to five with 8:27 remaining, but the Cougars responded with a 12-4 spurt to open the lead back to 15 at 82-67 on a Thomas layup with 2:41 left.
Trailing 62-42 with 12:20 remaining, the Owls cut the lead to 64-59 as Lee capped the 17-2 run with a jumper with 8:27 left. Pepper had seven in the run for Temple.
Houston responded with its run led by Stiggers and Thomas, who each had six points in the surge.
Houston used a 22-2 run over a seven-minute stretch of the first half to turn a four-point deficit into a 16-point lead. Stiggers had nine points to lead the run for the Cougars, capping it off with a 3-pointer with 9:33 remaining in the first half. Thomas also had six points in the spurt.
The Cougars lead grew to as large as 21 in the first half at 40-19 on a Morris 3-pointer with 3:27 left in the first half, but the Owls ended the half on a 10-0 run capped by consecutive layups by Watson to cut Houston's lead to 40-29 at the half.
Houston shot nearly 52 percent in the first half, including hitting 5 of 11 from behind the arc.
Following Sunday's game, the Cougars will hit the road again to face American leader and seventh-ranked Cincinnati at 2 p.m. (CST), Saturday, inside Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati.
From there, the team meets SMU at 7 p.m., Feb. 19, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas.
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With today's 88-74 win over Temple, Houston snapped a five-game losing streak and improved their record back to .500 at 12-12.
Junior forward TaShawn Thomas has now started 87 consecutive games for the Cougars since the 2011-12 season. In his third year with the Cougars, Thomas has not missed a game since he has been on campus.
With his six blocks today, Thomas now has a block in 28 consecutive games dating back to last season. The last time Thomas did not record a block was March 9, 2013 against Tulane. Thomas has recorded a block in 31 of his last 32 games. Thomas came into today's contest ranked second in the American Athletic Conference with 68 blocks.
Thomas also added 25 points on 10-for-12 shooting in the game. This marks the fifth time this season and 17th time in his career that Thomas has scored more than 20 points in a game.
Jherrod Stiggers tied a career high in points with his second 20-point game of the season. Stiggers finished 7-for-12 from the field including a 5-for-9 effort from behind the 3-point line.
Houston had multiple players with 20+ points for the second time this season. The last on Nov. 8 during the first game of the season against Texas State when Danuel House (24) and TaShawn Thomas (22) accomplished the feat.
For the sixth time this season the Cougars scored 40 points inside the paint. The last time Houston had at least 40 was at Rutgers on Feb. 1.
The Cougars tied a season high with 11 field goals made from behind the three-point arc.