Nov. 09, 2013
HOUSTON - Guard Danuel House and forward TaShawn Thomas each scored 20+ points to lead the University of Houston Men's Basketball program to a 76-70 season-opening win against Texas State inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Friday night.
House led all players with 24 points, including 17 in the first half alone, and added a team-high eight rebounds. Thomas, who was a Preseason American Athletic Conference Second-Team honoree, totaled 22 points with seven rebounds and added a game-high three blocked shots.
After building a 73-70 lead following sophomore guard L.J. Rose's free throw, the Cougars took advantage of a Texas State turnover and milked the game clock down to its final few seconds before House missed a jumper with 56 seconds to go
Fortunately, the ball went out of bounds off a Bobcat player, so the Cougars had another chance to take precious seconds off the clock. As the game clock and shot clock wound down again, House buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key for his final points of the night and a 76-70 Houston lead with only 22 seconds left.
The Bobcats missed their final shot of the night as the Cougars improved to 49-20 all-time in season openers.
Texas State jumped out early in the game and built a 26-22 lead following Wes Davis' free throws with 8:31 left in the first half. However, Houston erupted on a 19-5 run during the next four minutes and built a 41-31 lead when House drained 1-of-2 free throws.
The Cougars would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. As the game would down, Houston continued to force the ball inside where Thomas did his damage. The Killeen, Texas, native scored 10 straight points for the Cougars midway through the second half in posting the 16th 20-point game of his career.
Making his Houston debut, Rose posted 11 points and led all players with six assists in 23 minutes.
Texas State forward Emani Grant led three Bobcats in double digits with 19 points, while forward Joel Wright finished with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Guard Phil Hawkins added 10 points for the Bobcats, who fell to 0-8 all-time in Houston.
The Cougars hit the road for the first time when they face Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m., Monday, inside the UTPA Fieldhouse in Edinburg, Texas.
From there, the team returns to the friendly confines of Hohfeinz Pavilion when it plays host to UTSA at 7 p.m., Thursday.
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