Feb. 20, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - For the sixth time this season, University of Houston sophomores Joseph Young and TaShawn Thomas each scored at least 20 points in a game, but it would not be quite enough as No. 21/19 Memphis claimed an 81-74 win against the Cougars inside FedExForum.
Young, a guard out of Houston's Yates High, finished with a team-high 22 points, including two treys, while Thomas added 20 points and a team-high six rebounds in the loss.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 15-10 overall and 4-8 in Conference USA play. Memphis won for the 17th straight game and improved to 23-3 overall and 12-0 in league play.
Memphis jumped out to a 25-15 lead midway through the first half, but the Cougars clawed their way back and trailed only 35-28 at halftime.
Following the break, Houston stormed out of the locker room with a 13-6 run and tied the game at 41-41 when freshman forward Danuel House drained a jumper with 15:58 left.
However, the Tigers scored the game's next eight points with six of those coming from forward Tarik Black and eventually held a 65-50 lead with 7:49 left in the contest. From there, the game turned into a series of runs from each team.
Just when it looked like Memphis was ready to seize control, the Cougars rallied with the game's next nine points, thanks in part to five points from Young. Thomas' bucket with 5:07 left in the game moved Houston to within 65-59.
Again, Memphis responded with a 9-0 run with four points coming from Adonis Thomas, who led the Tigers with 22 points and added eight rebounds and three assists, for a 74-59 Memphis lead with a little more than three minutes remaining.
For the last time, the Cougars rallied with eight straight points, thanks to one from Thomas, two from junior forward J.J. Richards and the final five from Young. However, that would be as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the way.
House posted 16 points with a pair of assists to lead the Cougars. Redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers finished with six points off a pair of 3-pointers, setting a Houston freshman single-season record with his 56th and 57th treys of the year. The Terrell, Texas, native broke out of a tie with Damon Jones (1994-95) and Young (2011-12) for the top spot.
Five Tigers finished in double digits, led by Thomas' 22. Black came off the bench to post 15 points, while D.J. Stephens added 14 points with 10 rebounds. Chris Crawford posted 11 points with 13 rebounds and fell just one assist shy of a triple-double, while Joe Jackson added 11 points.
Thomas started his 56th consecutive game, every game of his collegiate career.
Houston fell to 12-27 in the all-time series against Memphis... Cougars dropped to 3-17 all-time against the Tigers in Memphis.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars will take a week off from competition before returning to action at 8 p.m. (CST) / 7 p.m. (MST) at UTEP inside the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Earlier this month, the Cougars claimed an impressive 79-61 win against the Miners inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The game also can be heard live on NewsRadio 740 AM KTRH with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis.
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