Dec. 13, 2012
HOUSTON - Winners of its two games and seven of its first nine, the University of Houston Men's Basketball team continues its season-long, six-game homestand when it plays host to Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars enter this weekend's contest on the heels of a 78-75 overtime win against Texas Southern last weekend in Hofheinz Pavilion. Trailing by nine with less than five minutes left, the Cougars rallied and knotted the game on freshman forward Danuel House's 3-pointer with nine seconds to go in regulation.
In overtime, the Cougars used a pair of 3-point plays midway through the extra period to build a 6-point lead and never looked back in improving to 7-2.
This season, sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas has emerged as one of Conference USA's premier players. The Killeen, Texas, native leads the Cougars with 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game and stands first or second in the league in both categories as well.
Thomas poured in a team-high 23 points against Texas Southern for his team-leading fourth 20-point game this season and ranks among the top-10 national leaders with five double-doubles through the first nine games.
Sophomore guard Joseph Young stands second on the team with 14.5 points per game and ranks among the C-USA individual leaders with a 91.9 free throw percentage. The Houston native and Yates High product also made a key play in the win against Texas Southern, rebounding his own missed 3-point attempt before it went out of bounds and flipping the ball to House for the game-tying shot.
Redshirt freshman guard Jherrod Stiggers ranks third on the team with 11.1 points per game and has converted half of his 50 3-point attempts. The Terrell, Texas, native already ranks sixth in Houston freshman single-season history with his 3-point total.
House is the fourth member of the Cougars averaging double-digits, recording 10.8 points per game after an acclaimed high school career at Hightower High.
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ON THE AIR
Fans can hear Saturday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing the analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m., Saturday.
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Louisiana-Lafayette brings a 4-6 overall record into this weekend's game. The Cajuns are 1-1 in the Sun Belt Conference to stand in second place in the West Division. UL has split its last four games but enter on the heels of a 77-60 home win vs. Lamar on Tuesday night.
Against Lamar, senior guard Alan-Michael Thompson came off the bench to post 18 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead four Cajuns in double digits. Sophomore guard Elfrid Payton added 17 points and a game-high-tying 11 rebounds, while redshirt freshman forward Shawn Long added 16 points with 11 boards. Junior guard Bryant Mbamalu finished with 10 points.
This season, Long leads the Cajuns with 16.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Payton stands second with 13.3 points per game but leads the team with 5.3 assists per contest. Mbamalu ranks third with 11.2 points per game.
Bob Marlin is in his third season at Louisiana-Lafayette, posting a 33-37 record during that time. Now in his 15th season overall as a head coach, Marlin has assembled a 259-168 career mark. He previously served as head coach at Sam Houston State from 1998 to 2010.
Marlin, who is a 1981 graduate of Mississippi State, has posted a 1-3 career mark against Houston during his career. However, he is 0-1 against Houston from the Cajuns' bench.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars continue their season-long homestand when they play host to Chicago State at 3 p.m., Dec. 22. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the Houston Women's team, which faces Texas State at noon, Dec. 22.
From there, the stand continues against Prairie View A&M (3 p.m., Dec. 29); Texas-Pan American (7 p.m., Jan. 3) and Conference USA-rival SMU (7 p.m., Jan. 9).