Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Leon Gibson had 18 points and 12 rebounds to
lead the Houston Cougars to an 84-62 rout of the Rice Owls in a Conference USA
clash at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Joseph Young paced Houston (17-11, 6-9 C-USA) with 20 points and TaShawn
Thomas had 16 points and eight rebounds. The Cougars have now won two straight
Tamir Jackson scored 25 points to lead Rice (5-24, 1-14), which remains
winless since upending Houston on Jan. 30. Austin Ramljak and Julian DeBose
added 14 and 11 points, respectively.
After trading baskets early on, Houston closed the first half on a 25-15 run
to lead 40-27 at the break. Eight Cougars registered first-half points.
Houston shot 53.6 percent in the second half while holding Rice to just two
second chance points.
The Cougars outrebounded Rice, 44-20, and improved to 59-19 all-time against
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