Houston 78, Texas Southern 75

TaShawn Thomas had 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks,

and Joseph Young scored seven of his 21 points in overtime as

Houston held off Texas Southern 78-75 on Saturday night.

The Cougars (7-2) quickly opened a six-point lead in overtime on

back-to-back three-point plays by Young and Thomas. A young jumper

made the score 74-69 with 1:23 remaining, and Houston protected the

lead at the free-throw line.

Omar Strong had 29 points and made eight 3-pointers for the

Tigers (1-8).

J.J. Thompson had 10 points and six assists for Houston, which

overcome a nine-point deficit in the final 3:49 of regulation to

force overtime. Danuel House’s 3-pointer with nine seconds to play

tied the score at 66-all.