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January 24, 2014
Coogs Get The Blues In Memphis
The University of Houston Men's Basketball program had an opportunity on Thursday evening to make a statement in the American Athletic Conference as they took on a 23rd ranked Memphis Tigers squad inside FedExForum.
The Cougars were coming off an impressive win over fellow AAC rival Rutgers on Sunday afternoon which saw five players score in double figures. The Tigers on the other hand came into the contest losers of its last two conference home games but were able to jump out to an early lead over the Coogs and cruise to an all too easy victory. The Tigers were never challenged in the game, which is apparent when looking at the final score, a gut-checking 82-59 loss for the Cougars.
Shaq Goodwin, a sophomore forward for the Tigers, led all scorers on the evening with 20 points and six rebounds. His fellow teammate, senior guard Joe Jackson, kicked in 18 points and seven assists, on a strong eight for 11-shooting performance from the field.
For the Cougars, TaShawn Thomas was once again the leading scorer on the evening. The junior forward had 14 points and seven rebounds, but went only two for six from the charity stripe. The Cougars did get some help from senior guard Brandon Morris and sophomore guard LeRon Barnes with both hitting double figures in scoring.
Sophomore guard L.J. Rose dished out a game high 10 assists in only his third game back from a foot injury. Despite being named the Rookie of the Week on Monday, Danrad "Chicken" Knowles did not have his best game following last weeks' strong outing against Rutgers. The freshman forward managed only one point on a zero for four shooting performance.
The Cougars hope to make amends for Thursday's performance as they return home Sunday to play host to conference rival SMU. The tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavilion.