Cougars devour Horned
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
With 12.8 seconds remaining in regulation
and the game tied at 67, the Cougars had a chance to win. But when UH guard
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
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
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
"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
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.