Dec. 15, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore guard Joseph Young tied his career high with 22 points, freshman forward Danuel House set a personal best with 22 points, and both led a 3-point barrage during the Cougars' 85-63 win against Louisiana-Lafayette inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday night.
Young drained six 3-pointers and connected on 10-of-17 attempts from the field to equal his career high first set against SMU on Feb. 25. It was his second straight game with at least 20 points after scoring 21 points against Texas Southern last weekend.
The Houston native and Yates High product also set personal bests in field goals made, 3-pointers made and 3-point attempts and added six assists with only one turnover in 33 minutes.
With 22 points, House posted his second 20-point game of the season and topped his previous high of 20 points at Prairie View A&M on Nov. 28. The Sugar Land, Texas, native and Hightower High product posted 16 points in the first half and nailed 4-of-5 3-point attempts in the win.
Young and House were just two of six Cougars to hit at least one 3-pointer in the game, joining senior forward Leon Gibson, junior guard Brandon Morris, junior guard Tione Womack and redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers. The Cougars finished with a season-high 14 3-pointers in 28 attempts, nearly doubling their previous best of eight against Florida A&M from the season opener on Nov. 9.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 8-2 overall and won for the third straight game. Louisiana-Lafayette dropped to 4-7 overall this season.
The game was close early, but the Cougars used a big run to break the game open midway through the first half. Leading 18-17, Houston erupted on a 12-0 run during a 2-minute stretch and eventually took a 45-29 lead into the locker room at the break.
In the second half, Louisiana-Lafayette moved to within single digits at 61-52 when Elfrid Payton converted a pair of free throw attempts with 9:38 remaining. However, Houston used an 11-2 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes to put the game out of reach. The Cougars never led by fewer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Houston used steady shooting throughout the game, hitting 47.8 percent of its shots from the field, and limited the Cajuns to only 34.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes. The Cougars also posted a season-high 23 assists with only nine turnovers and claimed a 43-34 rebounding advantage.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season and the 15th of his career. The Killeen, Texas, native did a little of everything in the win, finishing with a career-high six assists, two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes.
Junior guard Brandon Morris totaled only five points but added career highs of eight rebounds and six assists.
Shawn Long led the Cajuns with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and tied with Payton for team-high honors with six assists.
The 2012-13 team became the 20th in school history to win at least eight games through its first 10 to open the season.
The Cougars moved to 2-0 on their current, season-long, six-game homestand... Houston collected a 78-75 win against Texas Southern in overtime on Dec. 8.
The Cougars continue their season-long homestand when they play host to Prairie View A&M at 3 p.m., Dec. 22. Houston will have revenge on its mind after the Panthers escaped with an 81-80 win on Nov. 28 in Prairie View, Texas. That loss snapped the Cougars' season-opening, five-game winning streak.
The stand continues against Texas-Pan American (7 p.m., Jan. 3) and Conference USA-rival SMU (7 p.m., Jan. 9).
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