HOUSTON - Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas posted a career-high 22 points to lead six players in double digits as the University of Houston Men's Basketball team claimed a 106-59 win against Louisiana College on Monday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Two days after a 40-point victory against Louisiana College, the Cougars won their fourth straight game to open the season against the Wildcats. It was the first time since 1989-90 that Houston enjoyed consecutive 40-point wins (W, 102-47 vs. Hawai'i-Loa, Nov. 30, 1989; W, 109-68, vs. Nevada, Dec. 2, 1989)
With the victory, the Cougars improved to 4-0 overall for the first time since 1997-98 and only the second time since 1986-87.
The Cougars posted their highest point total since a 110-57 win against Alcorn State on Nov. 18, 2009 and enjoyed their first visit to triple digits since a 105-81 win against TCU on Dec. 23, 2009.
As an NCAA Division III school, Louisiana College played Monday's game as an exhibition, so it will not count towards the Wildcats' overall record.
As they did against Grambling State on Saturday night, the Cougars fell behind early but rallied to put together a huge run to seize control of the game. Louisiana College held an 8-7 lead just before the first media timeout of the game, but the Cougars embarked on a 28-6 run during the next 8:15 to build a double-digit lead they would never surrender.
Houston connected on more than 50 percent of its 77 shots from the field while limiting the Wildcats to 32.2 percent and forced 30 giveaways.
The Cougars outrebounded the Wildcats 54-40. Building a 55-26 lead at halftime, Houston scored at least 50 points in each half of a game for the first time since the win against TCU in 2009.
Hitting 10-of-21 shots from the field, Thomas recorded the first 20-point game of his career and become the second Cougar to hit the 20-point mark in a game, joining sophomore guard Joseph Young. The Killeen, Texas, native added a game-high 13 rebounds for his third double-double in four games in 2012-13 and the 12th of his career.
Redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers finished with 17 points, thanks to five 3-pointers, , while Young added 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, three steals and no turnovers in 19 minutes. Through the first four games, Young has dished out 12 assists without a turnover in 65 minutes of play.
Louisiana College forward Romanski Williams and Anthony Gaines, Jr., tied for the team lead with 12 points apiece. Guard Doc Welch added 10 points, while Danny Sumner and Shaun Johnson tied for team-high honors with six rebounds each.
The Cougars return to action at 2 p.m., Sunday, when they meet Texas A&M-Corpus Christi inside American Bank Center in Corpus Christi Texas. It will be the fifth straight season the Cougars have met the Islanders on the hardwood.
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Fans can hear Sunday's game live 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 1:45 p.m., Sunday.
Fans also can watch the game live on Comcast SportsNet Houston with Tom Dore calling the play-by-play action and former Houston head coach Tom Penders providing analysis.
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Cougars posted the 174th game in their history with at least 100 points... Cougars improved to 170-4 all-time in those games.
Twelve different Cougars scored in the win.
Cougars opened the game with 55 points in the first half... Was the most points since scoring 55 in the second half against Nevada in a 112-99 loss on Nov. 21, 2009.
Monday's game was the first time the Cougars faced Louisiana College... The Wildcats are the third first-time opponent for the Cougars on this year's schedule, joining Florida A&M and San Jose State... Houston won both of those games earlier this month.
Freshman forward Danuel House made the first start of his collegiate career... Sophomore guard Joseph Young made his first start of the season... Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas made his 34th consecutive start (every game of his career) dating back to last season.
Junior forward J.J. Richardson (foot) and sophomore guard LeRon Barnes (ankle) sat out the game with injuries.
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