Dec. 04, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - University of Houston junior forward TaShawn Thomas posted 16 points with 11 rebounds for the 30th double-double of his career, but it would not be enough as Texas A&M took a 74-57 win over the Cougars on Wednesday night inside Reed Arena.
The Killeen, Texas, native added four assists and five blocked shots to lead the Cougars in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks in the loss. It was his team-leading fifth double-double of the season.
The Cougars, who fell to 6-3 overall, jumped out to an early lead before the Aggies used a 12-2 run to seize the lead for good in the first. Trailing 38-32 at halftime, Houston rallied with the first five points of the second half to move to within 38-37. However, Texas A&M took advantage of two missed 3-pointers and two turnovers on the Cougars' next four possessions to go on a 7-0 run of its own and rebuild a double-digit cushion.
The Cougars would move no closer than six points the rest of the way.
Although the Cougars outrebounded the Aggies 38-33, Texas A&M connected on 50 percent of its 58 shots from the field and held the Cougars to a
Senior forward J.J. Richardson came off the bench to score 11 points and added two assists.
Jamal Jones led Texas A&M with 21 points, thanks to 7-of-10 shooting from behind the arc, and tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds. Kourtney Robertson added 14 points and seven boards, while Davonte Fitzgerald and J-Mychal Reese each posted 10 points. Jordan Green led all players with six assists in the win.
The Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to a pair of home contests. The homestand tips off at 5 p.m., Saturday, vs. San Jose State and continues at 6:30 p.m., Monday, vs. Alcorn State.
Saturday's game will wrap up Houston Football Fan Appreciation Day at the Athletics Complex. Bowl-bound for the seventh time in the last nine years, the Cougars will hold an open practice and autograph session before the Men's Basketball game vs. San Jose State.
The day opens with a 1-hour open practice at Carl Lewis Field behind the Athletics/Alumni Center at 2:30 p.m., Saturday. Once Football practice ends, fans are encouraged to head to Hofheinz Pavilion for the Men's Basketball game. Fans can purchase tickets at Hofheinz Pavilion or by clicking here with tickets starting at only $10.
Before tipoff, Houston Football student-athletes and coaches will be available for autographs from 4:15 to 5 p.m., Saturday on the Hofheinz Pavilion concourse.
Fans are encouraged to bring their own item to be signed and are asked to limit their items to only one per person.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $195, while Reserved season tickets start at only $280. Families can purchase the Memorial Hermann Family Fun Plan of two adult and two youth General Admission tickets for only $399.
Fans who purchase season tickets will receive a free Guy V. Lewis bobblehead later this season. Lewis was a legendary coach for the Cougars from 1956-86, compiling nearly 600 wins with five NCAA Final Four appearances, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
Mini-plans also are on sale now. In the Conference Mini-Plan, fans can buy tickets to all nine American Athletic Conference home games, including defending national champion Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis and UConn, with General Admission seating starting at $120 and Reserved Seating selling for $165.
With the 6-Pack, fans receive tickets for all four weekend home conference games against Rutgers, SMU, Temple and UCF, the Feb. 5 showdown against Louisville and a choice of the UConn, Cincinnati or Memphis games with General Admission seating for only $80 and Reserved Seating for $110.
Fans can purchase season tickets or mini-plans by visiting or calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or by clicking here.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact Cougar Pride at 713-743-GoUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information.
Fans should remember that purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets will help their standing in the Cougar Pride Priority Point System, which determines seating priority in the new Houston Football Stadium when it opens in August 2014.
Fans receive two Priority Points per sport per account when purchasing Men's Basketball season tickets, and every Priority Point improves each fan's ranking in the System.