March 2, 2013
HOUSTON - Sophomores TaShawn Thomas and Joseph Young and freshman Danuel House each enjoyed 20-point games to help lead the University of Houston Men's Basketball team to a resounding 103-76 win against Marshall on Saturday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Thomas led the Cougars with 25 points on 12-of-18 shooting and added a game-high 14 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season and the 21st of his young career. Young posted 23 points with a pair of 3-pointers, while House added 23 points with five treys and six rebounds as Houston snapped a three-game losing skid.
It was the first time the Cougars had three 20-point scorers in the same game since Aubrey Coleman (33), Kelvin Lewis (25) and Adam Brown (21) accomplished the feat in a 105-81 win against TCU on Dec. 23, 2009, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 16-11 overall and 5-9 in Conference USA games. Marshall dropped to 12-17 overall and 5-9 in league play.
Competing in the 175th 100-point game in school history, the Cougars dominated the Thundering Herd. Houston connected on 59.4 percent from the field (38-of-64), including a blistering 67.7 percent (21-of-31) in the second half alone.
It was the most points scored by Houston in a conference game since a 105-96 win in overtime against former Southwest Conference-rival Texas on Feb. 11, 1995. Houston enjoyed its most points scored against a conference opponent in regulation since a 108-90 win against Texas A&M on Jan. 27, 1990, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The all-around, solid play wasn't limited to the Cougars' shooting. Houston outrebounded Marshall 42-36, while dishing out a season-high 26 assists with only 11 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Cougar defense limited the Thundering Herd to only 36.4 percent from the field, including 28.6 percent in the opening 20 minutes and 15 giveaways.
In a game that was close early, Houston used big runs at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half to seize control of the contest. Marshall moved to within 30-24 when D.D. Scarver hit 1-of-2 free throws with 6:13 remaining in the opening period.
However, the Cougars closed out the first half on a 14-4 run to take a 44-28 advantage into the locker room at the break.
The run did not stop there, though. Marshall scored the opening basket of the second half, but Houston erupted on an 11-2 run from there for a 55-32 lead with 17:14 remaining. Altogether, the Cougars outscored the Herd 25-6 during that stretch in the lone regular-season between the two teams.
The Cougars eventually built as much as a 30-point lead midway through the second half. Marshall chipped away and moved to within 71-53 with 9:08 left in the contest, but that would be as close as Marshall would move in falling to 1-10 on the road this season.
Sophomore forward Mikhail McLean added a career-high 12 points, including a 6-of-9 effort from the free throw line that set personal bests in both categories. Despite being hampered by foul trouble, junior guard Tione Womack dished out a game-high six assists with only one turnover.
In six starts this season, Womack has posted 28 assists with only four turnovers.
Marshall guard DeAndre Kane led all players with 27 points but had to take 25 shots to reach that number. Forward Elijah Pittman added 22 points with eight assists, while Dennis Tinnon came off the bench to score 13 points with a team-high 12 rebounds.
Saturday's game was the 175th 100-point game in school history... Cougars moved to 171-4 all-time when reaching triple digits.
Was the team's second 100-point effort in 2012-13... Trailed only the 106 points scored against Louisiana College on Nov. 19 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Was the sixth time this season that Young and Thomas each scored 20 points in a game... Cougars moved to 3-3 when both reach 20 points in the same game.
With 23-point effort, sophomore guard Joseph Young is now the Conference USA scoring leader with 17.96 points per game... East Carolina's Maurice Kemp ranks second with 17.769 points per game entering the Pirates' game at Southern Miss on Saturday night... Young entered Saturday's game .009 points behind Kemp in the chase.
Going 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point line, House set personal bests in both categories... Topped his previous high of four treys made against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 15, 2012... Bested his previous high in attempts of five against UCF (Jan. 9) and against Louisiana-Lafayette (Dec. 15, 2012).
Thomas started his 57th consecutive game, every game of his collegiate career.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars close out their regular-season home schedule when they play host to Conference USA- and crosstown-rival Rice at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion Houston will have revenge on its mind after the Owls claimed a 79-69 win in Tudor Fieldhouse on Jan. 30.
The Rice game will offer two special promotions for fans. First, forward Leon Gibson will be recognized in pregame ceremonies as part of Senior Night activities.
In addition, the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Elvin Hayes bobblehead doll.
Fans can listen to the Rice game 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. The pregame show will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday.
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