Nov. 14, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore guard Jherrod Stiggers finished with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead a balanced offensive attack in the Cougars' 80-62 win against UTSA on Thursday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Eleven different Cougars scored in the win. Stiggers led the way with a season-high 14 points, while junior forward and Preseason American Athletic Conference selection TaShawn Thomas added 14 points and a team-high six rebounds. However, seven other Houston players added at least five points as the Cougars won their second straight game against the Roadrunners.
The Cougars jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first four minutes, before the Roadrunners moved to within 15-12 on a pair of free throws from Kaj-Bjorn Sherman. However, Houston took off on a 20-4 run during the next eight minutes and never led by fewer than seven points the rest of the way.
In the second half, UTSA twice moved to within seven points, but the Cougars had an answer each time. In UTSA's final run of the night, the Roadrunners moved to within 56-49 following Jordan Sims' jumper with 9:38 left in the contest.
From there, it was the LeRon Barnes Show for the Cougars. The sophomore guard scored the team's next seven points with a pair of layups and a 3-pointer to highlight a 19-1 run during a five-and-a-half minute stretch.
Shooting 52 percent in the first half, the Cougars built a 36-19 lead after holding the Roadrunners to only 20.7 percent. It was the first time since the first half at TCU on Dec. 4, 2012, that the Cougars held an opponent under 20 points in a half.
Although UTSA heated up from the field in the final 20 minutes, the Cougars did as well. Houston buried 59.3 percent of its shots in the second half and ended up at a season-high 55.8 percent for the game, the team's third straight contest over 50 percent.
Making his collegiate debut, sophomore forward Danrad "Chicken" Knowles scored seven points with five rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, while senior point guard Tione Womack added eight points with two rebounds and two assists.
Sophomore point guard L.J. Rose chipped in with six points and five assists with only one giveaway in 24 minutes.
UTSA guard Hyjii Thomas led all players with 22 points, while Sims added 13 points in the loss. Edrico McGregor paced the Roadrunners with nine rebounds.
The Cougars begin play in the Progressive Legends Classic with games against Lehigh (1 p.m., Sunday) and against Howard (7 p.m., Wednesday) with both to be played inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
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