Joseph Young, TaShawn Thomas Named to C-USA Men's Basketball All-Freshmen Team

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    March 6, 2012

    2012 CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND
    (9) HOUSTON COUGARS (15-14 • 7-9 C-USA)
    vs. (8) UTEP MINERS (14-16 • 7-9 C-USA)
     Time  6:30 p.m. • Wednesday, March 7, 2012
     Location  FedExForum (18,400) • Memphis, Tenn.
     Bracket  Championship Bracket
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     Tom Franklin, PxP • Elvin Hayes, analyst
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     Matt Stewart, PxP • Shane Power, analyst
     Houston Comcast channel 129
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     Series History  UTEP leads 13-9
     Houston won last •UTEP won three of last four
     Last Meeting   Houston won 81-76 (OT)
     Jan. 28, 2012 • Hofheinz Pavilion • Houston
     Last Meeting
     at C-USA
     Championship
     Houston won 81-73
     C-USA Championship Title Game
     March 13, 2012 • BOK Center • Tulsa, Okla.
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    HOUSTON - For their impressive work throughout their first collegiate seasons, University of Houston redshirt guard Joseph Young and forward TaShawn Thomas were honored Tuesday with places on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

    Young ranks third on the team with 11.4 points per game and has established himself as one of the league's premier 3-point shooters. The Houston native and Yates High product ranks second in the league, hitting 40.4 percent of his 3-point shots, and stands seventh in the league with just less than two 3-pointers made per game.

    He posted a career-high 27 points with four 3-pointers in a home win against SMU, becoming the fifth Cougar player to score 20 points in a game this season. Young joined junior guard Jonathon Simmons, sophomore forward Alandise Harris, junior forward Kirk Van Slyke and senior guard Darian Thibodeaux.

    Thomas ranks among the league leaders in rebounds, field goal percentage and blocks and tops the Cougars and all C-USA freshmen with eight double-doubles this season. The Killeen, Texas, native was twice named a C-USA Freshman of the Week recipient and posted three straight double-doubles in games against East Carolina, UTEP and at UAB.


    UP NEXT
    Young, Thomas and their Cougar teammates return to action at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, when they open play in the Conference USA Championship First Round at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.

    The two teams split the regular-season series with each squad winning on its home court. In the most recent action, the Cougars rallied for an 81-76 win in overtime inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 28.

    With a win against the Miners, the Cougars advance to face regular-season champion, No. 1 seed and host Memphis at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, in the C-USA Championship Quarterfinals.


    ON THE AIR
    Fans can hear Cougar Basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes calling the action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 15 minutes before tipoff.

    Fans can watch Wednesday's First-Round game live on CSS with Matt Stewart calling the play-by-play action and Shane Power providing analysis. That game is available live in the Houston area on Comcast channel 129.

    Fans can see and hear the audio and video streams 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 hear games via Cougar All-Access.


    2011-12 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMEN TEAM
    Dylan Ennis, Rice, G, 6-2, 175, Fr., Brampton, Ontario
    Ricky Tarrant, Tulane, G, 6-0, 170, Fr., Pleasant Grove, Ala.
    TaShawn Thomas, Houston, F, 6-8, 215, Fr., Killeen, Texas
    Julian Washburn, UTEP, F, 6-7, 205, Fr., Duncanville, Texas
    Joseph Young, Houston, G, 6-3, 185, Fr., Houston, Texas

    2011-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
    Ricky Tarrant, Tulane, G, 6-0, 170, Fr., Pleasant Grove, Ala.

    2011-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Cameron Moore, UAB, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., San Antonio, Texas

    2011-12 CONFERENCE USA ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
    Tarik Black, Memphis, F, 6-8, 243, So., Memphis, Tenn.
    Keith Clanton, UCF, F, 6-8, 245, Jr., Orlando, Fla.
    Jonathan Mills, Southern Miss, F, 6-6, 230, Jr., Chicago, Ill.
    Cameron Moore, UAB, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
    Dennis Tinnon, Marshall, F, 6-8, 225, Jr., Green Bay, Wis.

    2011-12 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
    Neil Watson, Southern Miss, G, 5-11, 170, So., Kansas City, Kan.

    2011-12 SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
    Neil Watson, Southern Miss, G, 5-11, 170, So., Kansas City, Kan.

     

     

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