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Volume 68, Isuue 80, Thursday, January 23, 2003


Cougars fall to Memphis

Cougar Sports Services

Two players scored 20 points, but it wasnit enough for UH to get by Memphis as the Cougars dropped their second Conference USA game of the season and their 11th overall. UH lost 77-66 at the Pyramid and fell to 3-11 (1-2 in C-USA).

It was the eighth loss in nine games for the Cougars who were coming off a 72-59 win over Saint Louis on Saturday in which sophomore guard Andre Owens lit up the Billikens for 28 points.

Memphis improved to 11-4 on the season and evened its C-USA record at 2-2. It was coming off a one-point loss to South Florida on Saturday.

Owens again led the Cougars in scoring, pouring in 22 points with eight rebounds and six assists while senior forward Louis Truscott added 20. Truscott came within one rebound of posting another double-double. Senior guard Jarrett Sidney scored 10.

UH cut Memphisi lead to 65-59 after an 11-1 run in the second half, but the Tigers ended the drought to put the Cougars away in the final minutes.

Defense and hussle kept the Cougars close throughout the first half and helped UH close the Tigersi lead to just 31-29, but Memphis got hot late and went on a 10-3 run to take a 41-32 lead into the half.

Owens led the Cougars with 12 points as UH shot 48 percent in the first half.

The Tigers were able to build a double-digit lead in the second frame behind 52 percent shooting.

The Tigers were led by Chris Massieis 22 points and 16 rebounds. John Grice scored 18 points while Rodney Carney added 14 for the Tigers. Memphis shot 52 percent from the field.

Carney helped increase the lead with back-to-back three-pointers in the first eight minutes of the second half. UH got down by as many as 16 points at 64-48 before the Cougars went on their final run. 

The Cougars continue their road trip with a game against Southern Miss in Biloxi, Miss., at 7 p.m. Saturday. They wonit be back in Houston until a showdown with South Florida at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

All of Houstonis remaining 13 games are against C-USA opponents.

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