'Cats Fall Short In Houston

Behind the strength of 46 combined points from Daniel House and TaShawn Thomas, the Houston Cougars were able to hold off Texas State, 76-70 on Friday evening at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Bobcats fell short to the Cougars, 76-70 as the defense failed to cool off a hot shooting Houston team. The 'Cats were paced by sophomore transfer Emani Gant who was on top of his game with 19 points and 4 rebounds. Two other 'Cats scored in double figures, Joel Wright (Sr.) had 18 points and 8 boards, and point guard Phil Hawkins (Sr.) added 10.

The first half was nip and tuck throughout as both teams would exchange leads. Towards the end of the 1st half UH would pick up the pace and open an 11 point lead. Joel Wright would counter with some aggressive drives to the bucket and cut the deficit to five at the half, 46-41.

UH blistered the nets at a 52% clip in the first half and continued with more of the same in the 2nd. Defensively, Texas State had no match for the 6'7" wing Daniel House and 6'8" forward TaShawn Thomas. House didn't have the greatest shooting night, but he finsihed 9 for 13 from the charity stripe. Thomas would do most of his damage down low going 10 of 15 from the field.

Late in the 2nd half as the 'Cats battled, it was House who put the final nail in the coffin. With 22 tics remaining, House would drain a 3-ptr from the top of the key to make it a 6 point game and put it out of reach. It was a tremendously tough blow as TXST had just used a 15-5 run to close within 2 points near the 2 minute mark.

Texas State starters scored a combined 53 points, and 17 points between Kavin Tilbury (Fr.), Gordon Ball (Sr.), and Wes Davis (Jr.) off the bench. Freshman Kavin Tilbury showed athleticism and scoring ability and does not lack confidence for hositing it up.

For the game, the 'Cats just could not solve UH's hot shooting. The Cougs finsihed shooting 52% from the field for the game and got to the free throw line 27 times, making 18.

Texas State returns to action on Tuesday as the Cat's host Coach Kaspar's former team Stephen F. Austin. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. from Strahan Coliseum.

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