New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Joseph Young's layup and subsequent free
throw with seconds remaining, proved to be the difference as the Houston
Cougars downed the Tulane Green Wave, 96-94, in a Conference USA matchup at
Young finished the night with a game-high 32 points and nine assists, hitting
all 13 of his opportunities at the free-throw line for the Cougars (18-11, 7-9
C-USA). TaShawn Thomas, Leon Gibson and Jherrod Stiggers all finished with 14
points for the visitors and with the win Houston locked up the No. 6 seed in
next week's conference tournament and will face No. 11 seed Rice on Wednesday
Kendall Timmons led the Green Wave (18-13, 6-10) with 22 points and eight
rebounds, while Josh Davis added 21 points, Kajon Mack scored 16, Ben Cherry
finished with 11 points and Jordan Callahan tallied 10. After losing to
Houston, Tulane fell to the No. 8 seed in the C-USA Tournament and will take
on No. 8 seed Marshall, also on Wednesday night.
After shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 6-of-15 from 3-point range,
Tulane took a 46-43 lead into the break. Though they connected on 65.4 percent
of their field goal tries before halftime, the Cougars were just 2-of-4 from
beyond the 3-point arc and were outscored 12-7 at the free-throw line.
In the second half Tulane led by as many as 12 points, but Houston refused to
give up as the squad made good on 54.5 percent from the floor and 4-of-8
beyond the arc. As a group, the Cougars converted 13-of-14 at the charity
stripe in the frame, the most important shot at the line coming from Young in
the waning moments.
In a game that featured six ties and nine lead changes, the Green Wave turned
the ball over 16 times and was outscored in the paint, 44-38.
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