Saturday, December 15, 2012

Houston beats Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns, 85-63

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2012 TexSport Publications 

HOUSTON, TEXAS (December 15, 2012) With career high scoring by Joseph Young and Danuel House, the Houston Cougars downed a talented Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cagun squad 85-63 in front of 3,268 fans at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Young tied his career best with 27 points while House set a new career best with 22 points.

Young was virtually unstoppable on the court, hitting 10-of-27 from the field and 6-of-11 from three-point range.

House was 4-for-5 on three-pointers and 8-of-13 from the field.

Both players credited their teammate for their performances.

House stated,” Our coach made us get together and he talked to us sharing the ball and making the extra pass and tonight our team did very well about sharing the ball and making the extra pass so one of us could score.”

Young added “Everybody on the team can score. If everybody can get open up, Coach says shoot the ball and make it. If they’re hot, give it to the hot man.”

The Cougars took a 45-29 lead into the locker room at half time and continued their dominance of Louisiana in the second half.

The Ragin Cajuns scored first with a jumper by Steven Wronkoski 54 seconds into the game.

The Cougars tied it on a jumper by TaShawn Thompson at the 17:39 mark and never relinquished the lead the rest of the game.

Thompson also scored in double figures, contributing 15 points along with leading Houston with 13 rebounds.

The Cougars tallied 23 assists, their second highest for the season, along with only nine turnovers.

Houston will next face Chicago State on December 22 in the second game of a Hofheinz Pavilion double header.

The Houston women will play the first game of the double header with a 12 noon start against Texas State.

The men will tip-off at 3:00 p.m.

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