Dec. 21, 2011
HOUSTON - Junior guard Jonathon Simmons led all players with 25 points and redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young added a career-high 22 points to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a 90-80 win against Rogers State on Wednesday inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Simmons connected on 7-of-12 attempts from the field and drained 10 free throws in 12 attempts to reach the 20-point milestone for the fifth straight game. With Wednesday's effort, the Houston native moved into the team lead with 16.0 points per game.
A day after being held scoreless, Young posted a career high on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-7 from behind the 3-point line. The Houston native and Yates High product also added five rebounds and four assists with only one turnover in 29 minutes.
With the win, the Cougars won for the second time in as many nights and earned their third straight home win to improve to 6-5. Houston enjoyed a 77-75 win against UTSA on Tuesday night.
Rogers State, which is ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA national polls, maintained its perfect 11-0 record. Wednesday's night game was an exhibition contest for the Hillcats.
The Cougars overcame a lethargic first half that saw them trailing 45-42 at the break. However, Houston erupted from the locker room in the second half and used a 15-5 run to open the final period to build a lead they would never relinquish. Rogers State moved no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Thomas led the Cougar run with six points, while sophomore forward Alandise Harris added five points.
Houston used hot shooting throughout the game to build and maintain its cushion. After connecting on 51.7 percent from the field, the Cougars blistered the nets in the second half, hitting 58.1 percent of their 31 shots to finish at 55 percent for the night.
In addition, the Cougars finished with only nine turnovers while dishing out a season-high 22 assists.
Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas added 14 points with six rebounds and four blocked shots, while Harris added 10 points with a team-high seven rebounds and two assists, despite being hampered by foul trouble.
Justynn Hammond scored 21 points with four rebounds and six assists to lead Rogers State, while Kendrell Thompson added 14 points and four assists. Kenny Edwards and Donald Williams each chipped in with 11.
The Cougars now will take a break for the Christmas holiday before resuming their season-long, five-game homestand. The stand continues at 2 p.m., Wednesday, against North Carolina A&T (Dec. 28) and at 8 p.m., Dec. 30, against Texas State (Dec. 30) inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the Cougars open Conference USA play when they meet league-rival Tulsa on Jan. 4
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