Men's Basketball Drops 63-53 Decision at UTEP
Feb. 27, 2013
EL PASO, Texas - Sophomore guard Joseph Young posted a team-high 23 points to lead the University of Houston Men's Basketball team in a 63-53 loss at Conference USA-rival UTEP on Wednesday night inside the Don Haskins Center.
Young enjoyed his 10th 20-point game of the season, thanks to 3-of-3 shooting from the arc and 6-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. The Houston native and Yates High product, who entered the game as the league's third-leading scorer, lived up to that reputation.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 15-11 overall and 4-8 in C-USA games. UTEP improved to 15-12 overall and 8-5 in league play.
Hitting only 28.6 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, the Cougars fell behind by as many as 14 points late in the first half and eventually trailed 36-25 at the break. However, Houston used a 16-7 run out of the locker room and moved to within 43-41 when sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas drained a jumper with 7:08 remaining in the game.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Cougars would come. The Miners used a 12-5 run during the next 4:45 to build a 55-46 advantage with 2:23 to go. John Bohannon and Cedrick Lang led the Miner rally, scoring all 21 points during that stretch with Bohannon leading the way with nine.
Bohannon led all players with 24 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Lang chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Young moved into a tie with TaShawn Thomas for the team lead with 10 20-point games in 2012-13.
In his last four starts, junior guard Tione Womack has dished out 14 assists with only two turnovers... In five starts total (made his first career start at East Carolina on Jan. 16), Womack has posted 22 points with only three giveaways.
Freshman center Valentine Izundu played a career-high 19 minutes and swatted a team-high three blocks in that time.
Thomas started his 56th consecutive game, every game of his collegiate career.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars return to action at 1 p.m., Saturday, when they meet Conference USA-rival Marshall inside Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be the lone regular-season meeting between the two teams.
That game will be televised live on CSS with David Saltzman calling the play-by-play action and Tom Penders providing analysis.
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