|Former Houston Cougar head coach Guy V Lewis was|
honored in pregame ceremonies for his induction into the
Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 5, 2014) Despite a strong second half, the Houston Cougars were unable to overcome a strong offensive effort by the Louisville, and fell to the Cardinals by the score of 77-62 in front of 7,247 fans at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 11-12 for the season and 3-7 in conference play.Three Cougars scored in double figures with TaShawn Thomas and Jherrod Stiggers connecting for 14 points each; followed by Danuel House with 11.
However, that was not enough to overcome the scoring punch of the Cardinals.Russ Smith led the Louisville scoring with 17 points, followed by Luke Hancock and Montrezl with 15 each and Chris Jones with 14.
The closest the Cougars got to Louisville was at the 14:12 mark in the first quarter, when the score was tied at 11.In fact, the Cougars outscored the Cardinals 36-32 in the second half, but that was not enough to overcome the 19-point deficit of the first half.
Both teams pulled down 29 rebounds with Louisville holding advantage on defensive boards (23-20) while Houston lead on the offensive end of the court (9-6).The lost was bittersweet for the Cougars, coming on the night that the university honored legendary basketball coach Guy V Lewis for his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Lewis was inducted into the Hall of Fame’s 2013 class along with current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.With the loss, Houston has dropped its last five games and seven of its last eleven.
Louisville came into the game ranked #14/10 in the country and was the second time this season they have faced a nationally ranked opponent.On New Year’s Eve, 2013; Houston played #17/14 Connecticut and drowned the Huskies by the score of 75-71.
Louisville led 23 points at the 19:13 mark in the second half, when the Cougars went on a scoring drive.
Houston began witling down the Cardinal lead until they got within nine points of Louisville with 6:39 remaining in the game.
After that, the Cardinals kicked it into overdrive and came away with the 15 point victory.