Smu 36 31 67
Houston 32 46 78
Date of game: 1/9/2013

Recap: Houston vs. SMU

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Danuel House scored a career-high 28 points as the Houston Cougars defeated the SMU Mustangs, 78-67, in Conference USA action at Hofheinz Pavilion.

House made good on 7-of-11 from the floor and 13-of-17 from the foul line in the Houston (12-2, 1-0 C-USA) victory. Joseph Young recorded 20 points and Leon Gibson tallied eight points and 14 rebounds as Houston won its seventh straight game. TaShawn Thomas also had a big night on the boards with 12 rebounds.

For the Mustangs (10-7, 0-2), Jalen Jones recorded a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Nick Russell scored 14 points, but he was the only other play in double-figures for SMU, which lost its third straight game.

SMU shot a lofty 16-of-26 from the floor in the first half on its way to a 36-32 halftime advantage. Houston kept the game close by shooting 6-of-7 from the foul line in the opening 20 minutes.

The Cougars surged past the Mustangs in the second half by converting 17-of-25 free throw attempts and outshooting SMU from the field, 44.8 percent to 30.8 percent.

SMU went just 6-of-10 from the charity stripe and committed a game-high 14 turnovers.

Game Notes

Marshall - The class of Conference USA

Conference USA has added two new teams this season (Old Dominion and Western Ky) and lost three (Tulsa, East Carolina and Tulane) but it is really a one team league. And that team is Marshall.

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