Houston 34 33 67
Sflorida 26 32 58
Date of game: 1/4/2014

Recap: South Florida vs. Houston

Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - TaShawn Thomas scored 13 points and the Houston Cougars downed the South Florida Bulls, 67-58, at the Sun Dome in American Athletic Conference play.

Thomas sank 6-of-10 shots from the field for the Cougars (10-5, 2-0 AAC). Tione Womack (12 points), Danrad Knowles (12) and Jherrod Stiggers (11) helped pad the offense in the team's third straight win.

Martino Brock led the Bulls (9-6, 0-2) with 11 points. The team's only other double-digit scorer was Chris Perry with 10 points, while John Egbunu responded with nine points and nine rebounds as USF lost for the fourth time in five outings.

The Bulls struggled mightily in the first half, shooting just 32.4 percent from the floor and missing all 10 attempts from 3-point range. The Cougars, shooting 13-of-30 from the field, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc, took a 34-26 lead into the break.

USF turned it around to shoot 45 percent from the field in the latter 20 minutes of play, but it was too little, too late, as Houston kept it out of reach with a 40 percent shooting performance.

The Bulls made only 52 percent of their foul shots (13-of-25) and turned the ball over 16 times. The Cougars also outscored the hosts in the paint, 30-20.

Game Notes

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Lions clinch playoff spot

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Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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