Temple 29 45 74
Houston 40 48 88
Date of game: 2/9/2014

Recap: Houston vs. Temple

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - TaShawn Thomas netted 25 points, pulled down nine rebounds and blocked six shots as the Houston Cougars cruised past the Temple Owls, 88-74, in an American Athletic Conference clash at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Jherrod Stiggers came off the bench to score 20 points, shooting 5-of-9 from 3-point distance, for Houston (12-12, 4-7 AAC). Danuel House chipped in 16 points and Brandon Morris contributed 15 points with four assists. The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Cougars.

Dalton Pepper scored 17 points to pace Temple (6-16, 1-9), while both Quenton DeCosey and Anthony Lee chipped in 14 points, with Lee grabbing nine rebounds. Will Cummings scored 12 points and dished out a team-best six assists, and Devontae Watson notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Owls have lost three in a row and 11 of their last 12.

Houston came out strong in the first half, netting 51.6 percent of its field goal tries in the frame to take a 40-29 lead into the break. Temple hit just 39.4 percent of its shots in the period.

The Cougars didn't let up a bit in the second half, despite the double-digit lead. They connected on 56.3 percent of their attempts to Temple's 50 percent.

Houston had the edge in points in the paint, 40-26, and in bench points, 22-6. Temple outrebounded Houston in the contest, 40-30.

Game Notes

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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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