Nov. 11, 2013
EDINBURG, Texas - University of Houston junior forward TaShawn Thomas led all players with 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 77-65 win against Texas-Pan American on Monday evening inside UTPA Fieldhouse.
Thomas, who was a Preseason American Athletic Conference Second-Team selection, posted the 26th double-double of his career but his first of the young 2013-14 season. After finishing the first half with eight points and eight rebounds, the Killeen, Texas, native posted 11 points with six boards in the final 20 minutes.
The Cougars, who improved to 2-0 for the fourth straight year under head coach James Dickey, fought off a second-half challenge from the Broncs with solid defense. Houston grabbed a 46-38 lead by halftime, but UTPA jumped out on a 12-2 run to start the second half and eventually built a 57-55 lead when Javorn Farrell drained a bucket with 11:34 left.
However, the Houston defense limited UTPA to only eight points and two field goals for the rest of the game. The Cougars used a 16-4 run during the next 5:20 with Thomas adding six points in that stretch and were never threatened again.
For the second straight game, the Cougars hit better than 50 percent from the field, connecting on 27 of their 52 shots. Houston also enjoyed a 39-28 rebounding advantage against the Broncs.
With the win, the Cougars won their ninth consecutive game against Texas-Pan American in the all-time series and their first road contest of the 2013-14 season.
Sophomore point guard L.J. Rose finished with 16 points and a game-highs of six assists and three steals to finish as one of four Cougars in double digits. Sophomore guard Danuel House overcame a slow start to pout in 15 points with five rebounds and three assists, while sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers add 11 points, including a trey to give Houston a 74-65 lead with three minutes remaining.
Farrell led UTPA with 16 points, while Shaquille Boga added 15 points and a team-high three assists. Justin Leathers totaled 10 points and tied with Shaquille Hines with seven rebounds.
The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hohfeinz Pavilion for three straight home games, starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, against UTSA.
The stand continues as the Cougars open play at the Progressive Legend Classic with games against Lehigh (1 p.m., Nov. 17) and against Howard (7 p.m., Nov. 21).
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