Cougar champs outsmart opponents in academic contest
by Anoukin MooshabadDaily Cougar Staff
It was the finals, and only two teams were left. With the score tied, team members knew this was it -- it was what separated the men from the boys.
The two teams were neck and neck; at the half, they were tied.
Then, the UH team started catching up. With only 10 seconds left on the clock and UH five points down, the team went for it and got the bonus. With five seconds left, the two teams went into sudden death.
"I Love Lucy," yelled UH team captain Narayan Kannappan yelled. UH wins!
No, this wasn't a basketball game, or even football; it's what happened Saturday and Sunday at the A.C.U.I. Region 12 College Bowl Tournament at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson.
The four members of the UH "Dream Team" were Kannappan, a junior finance major; Raj Choudhary, a senior chemical engineering/business major; Brian Donovan, a junior English/history major; and Meredith L. Patterson, a sophomore creative writing major.
In the semi-finals, there were two divisions and two teams in each division. No. 1 seed Rice and No. 2 seed UH were in one division, while No. 1 seed UT-Austin and No. 2 seed UT-Dallas were in the other division.
UH played UT-Austin and won the first game, lost the second, and won the third. UT-Dallas beat Rice.
"(Rice) got psyched out," Donovan said.
The top scorer nationwide was on the Dallas team.
UH and UT-Dallas moved on to the finals, and as they say, the rest is history. UH lost the first game, won the second game and, in sudden death, won the third, giving the "Dream Team" the win and the Region 12 title. (Region 12 is comprised of Rice, UT-Dallas, UT, Tulane and A&M.)
"Going in, we didn't even think we had a chance to win, but it became clear when we beat A&M that we had a legitimate plot," said Jodie Koszegi, team coach and coordinator of Academic Services for the Honors College.
"We appreciate all the support from friends and family going into the tournament," Choudhary said.
She said the team would also like to thank John Harp, for the support he gave the team at the tournament, and Joel Anderson, who was a member of the team two years ago.
"These people have lives; they are not just brains," said Anderson, the "official groupie" of the team.
Donovan said, "Team work and camaraderie is what we can directly award our win to."
The "Dream Team" will now compete in the national College Bowl to be held April 27-28 at Arizona State University.