Nov. 17, 2012
HOUSTON - Sophomore guard Joseph Young poured in 23 points, including three 3-pointers and all eight free throw attempts, to help lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a resounding 87-47 win against Grambling State on Saturday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars used a balanced effort throughout the night as Young was one of 11 different Cougars to score in the win. The Houston native and Yates High product was efficient on the night, connecting on 6-of-10 from the field with two rebounds, five assists and no turnovers in only 21 minutes.
With the victory, the Cougars improved to 3-0 overall for the second straight season, while Grambling State dropped to 0-4.
Trailing 4-3 early in the game, the Cougars used a 26-4 run during a 10-minute stretch to build a lead they would never relinquish. The Cougars eventually built as much as a 43-point late in the game on the way to their fifth straight game against the Tigers, all by at least 35 points.
The Cougars outrebounded the Tigers 45-32 while hitting 46.3 percent from the field and limiting Grambling State to 37 percent in the game. Houston also enjoyed a 2-1 ratio with 14 assists and only seven turnovers while forcing 21 GSU giveaways.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas added 14 points with a game-high eight rebounds but saw his streak of consecutive double-doubles end at three straight games. Freshman forward Danuel House added 10 points with four assists, while junior guard Brandon Morris added nine points, six rebounds, two assists and only one turnover in 23 minutes.
Justin Dobbs came off the bench to lead Grambling State with 12 points, while three players led the Tigers with four rebounds each. Freshman guard Terry Rose, who was averaging a team-best 19.3 points per game, was limited to only nine points, including two in the second half.
There will be no rest for the weary this week. The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Monday, when they play host to Louisiana College inside Hofheinz Pavilion in their final game before the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be the first time the Cougars have faced the Wildcats on the hardwood.
ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Monday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Frankin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Monday.
Fans can hear the audio stream and watch the video stream from Monday's game live at UHCougars.com by clicking the All-Access tab and following the appropriate links to sign up for Cougar All-Access. A charge is required to see and hear games via Cougar All-Access.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link on the schedule page or by clicking here.
Saturday's game was the second straight season the Cougars faced Grambling State on the hardwood... The Cougars improved to 5-0 all-time lead in the series, which dates back to the 2004-05 campaign.
With Saturday's win, Houston has now averaged 41.6-point victories against Grambling State in the all-time series
No Cougar played more than 24 minutes in the game.
Junior forward J.J. Richardson (foot) and sophomore guard LeRon Barnes (ankle) sat out the game with injuries.
Single-game tickets for the month of November and a variety of ticket packs are now on sale inside the Houston Athletics Ticket Office.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by online at UHCougars.com.
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