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Volume 68, Issue 72, Monday, December 9, 2002


Coogs squeak past Mavericks

By Keenan Singleton
The Daily Cougar

If his post-game countenance was any indicator, Cougar sophomore guard Andre Owens didnit remember the 18 points he scored during the first half of UHis (2-3) 60-59 victory Saturday over the Texas-Arlington Mavericks (3-4).

His demeanor gave no hints that he was rejoicing the fact he carried much of the Cougarsi scoring load in the first half, scoring 16 of their first 27 points, and connecting on 4-of-7 three-pointers.

The only memories his face allowed to the public were those of displeasure and disbelief. And the relief that last weekend didnit happen again. 

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Senior center Jeremee McGuire eyes the basket during the Cougarsi 60-59 win over Texas-Arlington on Saturday. McGuire had 10 points, four rebounds and two blocks.

Last weekend at the Space City Classic, he missed a free throw with five seconds left that turned into a half-court, three-point miracle victory for Baylor. 

On Saturday, Owens missed another free-throw, this time with two seconds remaining, giving UT-A the opportunity to heave a cross-court shot that spawned a different result, but the same face for Owens.

"I was there thinking about all of my hard work. I canit understand how I missed two straight free-throw at the end of the game," said Owens, who finished with a game-high 20 points, three assists and five rebounds. "I think Iim too overconfident. I just need to relax."

The Cougars continued their troubling trend of slow starts; they idled out of the gate, trailing UT-A by as much as nine points early in the first half.

Owensi shooting was a right cross, dipped in ammonia for UH, awakening the hibernating Cougars.

"(Owens) really put the team on his back," UT-A head coach Eddie McCarter said. "We knew he could shoot, but we had no idea that he would be such factor."

The teams went into the half tied at 34. 

Senior forward Louis Truscott (15 points and a game-high nine rebounds) then took the Mavs sight-seeing, taking them downtown on two consecutive Cougar possessions. 

Neither team was able to garner enough cushion for the last minutes of pushing, struggling with stifling zone defensives that set up the decisive final moments.

"I think everyone in the gym expected that shot to go in; thatis just the way the ball has bounced against us this season," UH head coach Ray McCallum said. "It was déja vu from a week ago."

Besides Truscott and Owens, center Jeremee McGuire (10 points, four rebounds and two blocks) and freshman guard Dwight Jones II (10 points, two rebounds) scored double-digits. 

The Cougars hit the road for the first time this season tonight against Southwest Texas State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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