Wensday, January 16, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 73


Cougars devour Horned Frogs

By Jake McKim
Daily Cougar Staff

Maybe they just wanted to make it suspenseful, but the Cougars needed overtime to beat Texas Christian, 82-71, in a heart-stopping thriller

With 12.8 seconds remaining in regulation and the game tied at 67, the Cougars had a chance to win. But when UH guard Dominic Smith
couldn't get open, he passed off to freshman Bryan Shelton, who lost track of the time and was still dribbling when the clock expired.

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Junior Louis Truscott scored 26 points to beat the TCU Horned Frogs on Tuesday night. Truscott and teammates George Williams and Patrick
Okafor all recorded double-doubles in the game.

In overtime the Cougars overcame the frustration of not closing the game out in regulation and shot down any hopes TCU had of stealing its first
Conference USA victory.

Houston was led by forward Louis Truscott and center Patrick Okafor, as they tallied their sixth and third double-doubles of the season,
respectively. George Williams had a double-double as well, scoring 10 points and tallying 14 rebounds to go along with seven assists.

The Cougars were able to pull away in overtime when TCU's high-octane offense (ranked second in the nation coming into the game) went dry
and the Horned Frogs were only able to manage four points. 

With the victory, the Cougars moved to 8-7 overall and 2-2 in C-USA. TCU dropped to 10-8, 0-4 in the conference.

"It took a great effort by our entire basketball team," UH head coach Ray McCallum said. "We knew we had a hungry team (TCU) coming in here
that needed a win desperately to get into this conference race. I'm really proud of our guys for hanging in there."

Truscott scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. With the game on the line, Truscott was a dominant force inside.

"My goal every game is to get a double-double so it really wasn't that big of a deal to me," Truscott said.

It was an all-around effort from the Cougars as the backcourt of Kevin Gaines and Dominic Smith combined for 22 points and Gaines dished a
career-high eight assists. 

"We just got whipped inside and that really doesn't surprise me," TCU head coach Billy Tubbs said. "When you can't make baskets, it's really a
hard game and we just couldn't score tonight."

Bingo Merriex scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for TCU, but it simply was not enough on a night that saw five Cougars score in
double figures.

The Cougars went into the half down 37-34 after Merriex drilled a prayer from midcourt as the half expired. But on the strength of their balanced
offensive attack and tight defense, the Cougars were able to rejoin the above-.500 club. 

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