As expected, the Tigers were little competition for Kirk Van Slyke and the Cougars in their season-opener
It's hard to take too much from a win over a school like Grambling State, but the Cougars looked effective on both ends of the court in a 88-42 win over the Tigers.
Redshirt freshman, the highly-touted Joseph Young led all scorers with 18 points, and chipped in 7 assists from the point guard position. But it was fellow top 100 freshman recruit TaShawn Thomas who was the biggest stat sheet stuffer, recording 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks, and no turnovers. All five starters were in double figures for the Coogs, in Young, Thomas, senior guard Darian Thibodeaux (11 points), sophomore forward Alandise Harris (14 points) and junior winger Jonathon Simmons (11 points).
The Cougars showed great ball control, turning it over just seven times, while the visitors from Grambling committed 27 turnovers. Houston's shot defense was impressive as well, holding the Tigers to 26% shooting overall, and 17% (4-of-23) from beyond the arc.
The room for improvement going forward would be that Houston didn't rebound terribly consistently, committed too many silly touch fouls, and didn't shoot well from the charity stripe, with just a 15-of-28 mark.
Houston's next game is Monday night at home against Utah Valley.