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Cougars go international Pharmacy graduate students host festival celebrating culture Pedro Pinto


Students gathered to grab a plate of food at the Mexico table during the 15th annual International Day Festival on Thursday. | Taylor Cox/The Daily Cougar

On Thursday, pharmacy students lined the grassy area by the University Center Satellite with multi-cultural splendor as they celebrated the 15th annual International Day Festival. Students dressed up in cultural attire and served ethnic food

to represent 11 countries from around the world, including France, Mexico, Italy, Japan and Vietnam. “This is a celebration of our diversity and collaboration as a class,” said Trang Mai, event coordinator and pharmacology student. “We worked so hard since the end of August.” The event, hosted by the graduate class of 2015, was run by pharmacy graduate students, who volunteered to represent their respective countries. “111 of 112 (students)


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UH hosts MS walk

Comedy troupe to perform at Cullen Performance Hall Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company is coming to UH at 8 p.m. on Friday in the Cullen Performance Hall. The comedy troupe will present 90 minutes of improvisational comedy featuring rising comic actors from New York and Los Angeles. Since its creation in 1990, the group has led a series of successful performances in Chicago and New York. The performance is free for UH students with ID and $10 for nonstudents. — Karishma Sakrouja


he National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosted the 2011 MS Walk for Houston Sunday at Robertson Stadium. Participants could choose between a 1 km and 3 km walk as they raised money to help find a cure for the disease. The event had 825 registrants and raised $76,317. Supporters cheered on as they enjoyed food, music and activities all to help the cause. | Julian Jimenez/ The Daily Cougar


UH prof awarded $1 million grant for affordable energy The National Science Foundation, in coordination with the US Department of Energy, have funded the creation of an Engineering Research Center focused on attaining an affordable domestic energy source. The grant includes researchers from 11 different universities, including UH’s own Alex Freundlich, a leader in quantum and nano-architectured photovoltaics. The new center aims to provide a majority of electricity generation in the US through affordable photovoltaic technologies, which has the potential to provide power for up to 1.5 billion people around the world who have little or no access to it. The grant will fund the ERC for five years in which Freundlich’s share totals about $1 million. — Karishma Sakrouja

participated,” said additional event coordinator Brittney Bussell.“It gives us a chance to get to know everyone in our class and get to know where everyone comes from.” The scene was filled with men wearing Indian kurtas, women donning áo dài Vietnamese dresses and South Korean Hanbok dresses. There was even one student sporting a beret to represent France. “It supports our school and


Panelists discuss Houston housing market Travis Alford

THE DAILY COUGAR As the US housing market continues to be taken through the ringer, executives of the Houston Apartment Association paneled up and answered questions Thursday at UH about how the economy is affecting their market. The C.T. Bauer College of Business Graduate Real-Estate Program

invited three of Houston’s leading apartment complex developers: Bill Sangelmann, Kim Small and Jerry Winograd, to a mediated panel discussion about multi-family developments’ place in the current housing economy. “It’s a great time to be an apartment owner,” said Sangelmann, President of Camden Property Trust. “All the bad things in the single family market aren’t happening to us.” In 2011, Fortune Magazine

ranked Camden the 7th best company to work for in the country. “Buying a home today is tough,” Sangelmann said. “I witnessed a young couple with 50 percent down, but no credit established, try and buy a home only to get turned down. This is what’s driving up occupancy in multi-family housing.” Camden has had recent success in the Orlando, Fla. market re-leasing 50 apartment units in one complex within a month. The housing market

in Houston was this hot in the early 2000’s. New Home Developers were capitalizing on flexible housing qualification, which later burned down the economy. Now, the nation’s home qualification process is fueling multi-family housing and sending these three panelists to the bank. “Houston is a healthy market for apartments,” said Small, a UH alumnus and current Houston Apartment HOUSING continues on page 8




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UH crowns big man on campus Twelve students compete in talent show for charity Julian Jimenez

THE DAILY COUGAR Some of the University’s most talented men showed off their skills, looks and prowess as they competed for the title of Mr. UH on Friday in the University Center Houston Room. The Mr. UH competition challenged participants to prove themselves worthy of the title, as they tried to win over the crowd with a swimsuit contest, a talent show and a formal wear section. All proceeds from ticket sales went toward the charity of the winner’s choosing. Vivian Hernandez, the video

director for Mr. UH, said that much effort was geared toward making this a yearly event. “We want to make it a tradition, like Frontier Fiesta,” Hernandez said. “It’s a fun event. We want to have it be something students can go to and represent Cougar pride.” Accounting sophomore Ross Coburn was named Mr. UH, winning $1821.71 for the charity Invisible Children, an organization which raises awareness against the use of child soldiers in central Africa. “Now I know what Case Keenum feels like on a daily basis,” Coburn said in an e-mail. Coburn said that he reluctantly joined after being pushed by his friends to participate. “The competition was a blast,” Coburn said. “I’m so glad the Mr. UH board was able to make this event so incredibly successful.


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As the first contestant to be named Mr. UH, accounting sophomore Ross Coburn won $1821.71 to be donated to the Inivisible Children Foundation. The event Friday featured swim suit and formal wear competitions along with a talent show. | Photo courtesy of Kelley Poblete “I look forward to seeing what they can do next year since they were able to build this from nothing and now they have a name for themselves.” Another Mr. UH contestant, James Okpamen, joined after he was sponsored by the Nigerian Student Association. Competing for his chosen charity, Big Brothers and Big

Sisters, the biology sophomore said the event was well put together and that he was fortunate to have the privilege of participating. “I joined the Mr. UH Competition because I feel like I have invested a lot of humanitarian hours into the University and still plan on impacting UH,” Okpamen said in an email.

Michael Cho, a hotel and restaurant management sophomore, was an audience member at the event. He said that he enjoyed seeing everything for the first time. “It’s kind of funny, and you get to see new talent, see new stuff,” Cho said. “It’s good entertainment.”


Professor blends cultures in exhibit Interior design showcases modern, traditional elements Karesha Brown


Galleria: ‘Tis the season


he 23rd annual Galleria tree-lighting ceremony was Saturday. In addition to more than 5,000 ornaments that adorn the tree, 450,000 lights lit up to usher in the holiday season. The event also featured ice skating and musical performances. | Taylor Cox/The Daily Cougar

In the Korean culture, a screen divides a room to produce a new space, a new realm. Visiting professor Yeon-Jung Kim’s exhibit, “InBetween”, located in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture’s dock, expresses the harmony of East meets West by using the Korean screen to produce modern spaces with a traditional solution. The exhibit starts off with a traditional screen of books and ornaments on a bookcase. Kim digitally removes these ornaments, producing a modern screen of only books; she explores this empty space within negative space. Other digital reproductions incorporate Western culture by implementing an iPhone, Apple Inc. logo and Mickey Mouse ears among Korean ornaments. “The panels introduce the harmony between you and I — Eastern and Western,” Kim said. This also rings true for Kim’s color palette for the screens. They are a collaboration of deep tones, inspired by the Rothko Chapel, accented with the lighter tones from Korean wrapping paper. The harmony continues through the exhibit in such prints as “Rosetta Collection”, a print that shows the Korean constellations, which are based on nature and humans, juxtaposed with the Western constellations, which are based on Greek mythology.

Visiting professor Yeon-Jung Kim’s exhibit, “InBetween”, blends elements from Western and traditional Korean cultures. It is on display in the G.D. Hines College of Architecture through the end of today. | Nine Nguyen/The Daily Cougar “We live under the same sky, but speak different languages; we have different points of view,” Kim said, referring back to the meaning of Rosetta — “a same meaning, different words.” The collection is tied together with prints of Korean influence along with those of Western influence, standing as one or alone, respectively. The third and second-to-last prints are inspired by Native American art, and capture some of the professor’s personal experiences. They are both low opacity images of a map of the Houston area and sheet music, with Native American markings along the sides and in the middle of both prints – a symbol of the royal Korean wedding procession. The procession symbolizes Kim’s journey from the East, Korea, to the West, America, not

only bridging the long physical distance, but also the distance between points of view. The more prominent of the two was the sheet music “Konzert” print that Kim holds dear because of its ties to her son’s piano studies. The exhibit concludes with two large wallpaper prints of deep, Rothko tones, with wire-frame stenciling of the traditional bookcase and ornament screens. The wallpaper is where Kim’s purpose is made most clear: to produce a new kind of serenity and harmony of Korean tradition and Western modernism within interior design. The exhibit remains on display through today. Kim is a visiting professor from Ewha Women’s University. Her areas of expertise are digital design methods and interior design.



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Creator of pink ribbon leaves lasting legacy


velyn Lauder, co-founder of the Estée Lauder cosmetic company and creator of the pink ribbon symbol for breast cancer, died in New York City on Saturday at the age of 75. Breast cancer is the second-most common cause of cancer-related deaths, right behind skin cancer. And according to a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, breast cancer comprises 22.9 percent of all cancers. The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that nearly 2.5 million breast cancer survivors live in the US. The pink ribbon is an image that is synonymous with the national effort to support those afflicted with the disease and help find a cure. It’s incredible that such a small token has managed to garner so much support for the cause. First used in 1991 by the Susan G. Komen Foundation as a handout for a breast cancer awareness race in New York City, it was adopted as a symbol for the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the following year, quickly becoming a powerful sign of moral support for anti-breast cancer efforts. Inspired by the red ribbons used for AIDS awareness, the color pink and the image of the ribbon have become well-known throughout society, bringing breast cancer to the attention of millions of people around the world. With the help of a unifying symbol, breast cancer efforts have gained significant momentum in recent years. Since 1994, the National Breast Cancer Foundation has raised nearly $67 million for research and awareness promotion. By creating the pink ribbon, Lauder established a symbol acknowledging the struggle that many women face when diagnosed with the disease, and helped unify a movement that has gone on to help millions of people worldwide. Here at The Daily Cougar, we want to acknowledge the great service that Lauder has done for the world by creating the pink ribbon. In doing so, she has helped bring awareness to a disease that was once stigmatized and misunderstood by the public.

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Healthcare vouchers unfair to veterans


eteran’s Day is a day to honor healthcare is already so expensive; you’d such as chronic high blood pressure can be and respect our veterans — not to need some kind of healthcare reform to enough to make an individual insurance threaten their access to healthcare. make it work.” premium hopelessly out of reach for many Unfortunately, that is exactly what RepubRomney has jumped on the MedicareAmericans. One can only imagine the prelican primary candidate Mitt Romney voucher bandwagon in the past as well, miums for an injured serviceman that will did on Veteran’s Day. Romney celebrated though a Bloomberg study found that the need chronic care. Veteran’s Day at a South Carolina camplan Romney has supported (Paul Ryan’s The VA is not perfect — no large healthpaign event sharing barbecue and policy health budget), would barely dent health care organization is without problems ideas with a round table spending. — but the solution is not to throw the baby of local veterans. He Not only would the plan fail to produce out with the bath water. Reform has already began by reiterating his the advertised savings, vouchers are begun in earnest in the VA system. support for our current consistently inadequate in practice. That Phillip Longman, author of “The Best wars, promising he is, the vouchers are for less money than Care Anywhere”, cites “A New England Jourwould nal of Medicine” study that Emily not look compares VA facilities on 11 The VA is not perfect — no large healthcare to the of quality against Brooks organization is without problems — but the solution measures military Medicare. They found that is not to throw the baby out with the bath water. as a place to balance our “on all 11 measures, the budget. quality of care in veterans Reform has already begun in earnest in the VA system.” Yet later during the facilities proved to be signifisame event, he suggested cantly better.” doing just that, musing about the idea of the average cost of healthcare premiums, Referrals and closed networks within a voucher system for veteran’s healthcare. not to mention out-of-pocket costs like the US Family Health Plan and Tricare can He said such a system would be like the co-payments and deductibles. be frustrating, but out-of-network refervoucher system Florida has for its public Inadequate vouchers means that rals are far more simple to obtain with education system. veterans who do not make enough money those plans than even with commercial Comparing educational vouchers to to cover the difference will go without HMOs. healthcare vouchers is not only an apples- healthcare. Some veterans with injuries If men and women who served our to-oranges comparison, but vouchers in and medical problems from their time in country are hurt in the line of duty, it is our Florida have failed to produce any statisti- active duty will be unable to find insurresponsibility as a nation to care for them. cally significant improvement in student ance on the individual market, either due Privatizing our veteran’s healthcare is unpaturnout. Vouchers do not work in schools; to cost, pre-existing exclusions, or riders triotic, inefficient and would be ineffective they will not work in healthcare. that allow the insurance company to at reducing costs. Leaving our veterans at Auston Thompson, a fiscally conservaexempt a certain illness or body part from the mercy of the notorious individual insurtive, former marine at the event told coverage. ance system with nothing but a voucher for Talking Points Memo that he felt vouchers For instance, a veteran may be able to protection is an unacceptable way to treat would be inadequate to cover the costs of afford individual insurance, but only with a our veterans . individual insurance. rider that excuses the insurance company “Eventually it would become too much from paying for care related to an amputaEmily Brooks is an economics senior and may be of a nuisance,” Thompson said. “Private tion. Even a common medical problem reached at

Veterans deserve more than lip service


or the servicemen and women of our armed forces who are killed overseas, the memorials and parades surrounding Veterans Day are meaningless. The fallen are beyond the reach of such pageantry and praise; any sentiment of appreciation is spoken to deaf ears. And while we may reject such a counterintuitive notion, in truth, we honor the casualties of war for the benefit of the living. Whether it is to console the grieving families Marc of the deceased or to Anderson alleviate our own feelings of guilt, any tributes made for the soldiers lost are at least in part a form of penance. However, the dead are primarily remembered to prove to the active military and veterans that they will not be forgotten, and that their willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice is recognized and valued. When respect for those killed in action is disregarded, we become incensed. The recent revelations that the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base lost body parts and committed other gruesome acts against service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq are not exempt from our outrage. In at least two cases, small fragments of a soldier’s remains were misplaced. In another instance, a Marine killed in a bomb blast was returned to Dover where employees at the mortuary were tasked with placing his body in uniform for one final viewing by his family. The soldier’s injuries were so severe that the workers were at first unable to do this. As a rather grisly solution, and without the family’s consent, a

fairly large portion of bone was sawed off from the soldier’s left arm. Adding to these atrocities, it was discovered that the ashes of an unknown number of war dead were disposed of in a Virginia landfill. An Air Force investigation determined that the mortuary was rife with such failures and deficiencies, and placed the blame largely on three top officials. Inexplicably, not one of these officials was fired.

For all of our concern for the soldiers killed in action, we continue to pay little more than lip service for the thousands of military personnel returning home from recent fighting and the veterans of wars past.” As horrific as these instances are, our indignation is both undeserved and misplaced — the job that these morticians face is ghastly. Soldiers killed in action often do not arrive fully intact, as with the victims of improvised explosive devices frequently returning home in zip-lock bags. Multiple casualties are sometimes difficult to separate from one another. Amidst all of this confusion, mistakes are remarkably few and far between. Of course it is unsettling when errors occur, but these are not made out of disrespect or callousness. In fact, we the public reveal our own level of callousness with our preoccupation with the deceased. For all of our concern for the soldiers killed, we continue to pay little more than lip-service to the thousands of military

personnel returning home from recent fighting and the veterans of wars past. We sit idly by as the suicide rate for veterans continues to be disproportionately high. Every 80 minutes a former soldier takes his or her life. Mental health services that should be in place to prevent such sorrows are severely lacking. As an additional repercussion of such limited concern, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression and drug addiction plague veterans and destroy their ability to function in society. This is reflected by the fact that nearly one in four veterans are homeless and far more likely to die on the streets than the rest of the homeless population. Job prospects for veterans do not help the situation. It is inexcusable that the unemployment rate for our returning military is three times higher than that of the general public’s; these are men and women with a proven ability to follow orders and a demonstrated commitment to do their duty. While our bluster and fury toward the happenings at Dover Air Force Base is understandable, it rings hollow. Yes, the bodies of the servicemen and women who give their lives for the sake of the country demand our utmost respect. But so does our military, the survivors of the trials of war return only to face immense challenges and unjust treatment at home. The nation must commit more resources toward programs that assist veterans. It is the least we can do for those who are willing to give so much for us. Marc Anderson is a 3rd-year cell biology doctoral student and may be reached at

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SEPT. 3 vs. UCLA W 38-34

SEPT. 10 vs. North Texas W 48-23

SEPT. 17 at La. Tech W 35-34

SEPT. 24 vs. Georgia State W 56-0

SEPT. 29 at UTEP* W 49-42

OCT. 8 vs. East Carolina * W 56-3

OCT. 22 vs. Marshall* W 68-23

OCT. 27 vs. Rice * W 73-34

NOV. 5 at. UAB * W 56-13

NOV. 10 at. Tulane * W 73-17

NOV. 19 vs. SMU* 2:30 p.m



NOV. 25 at Tulsa* Tulsa, Okla. 11 a.m.



This week in college football, by Joshua Siegel

STANDOUTS Senior receiver Patrick Edwards caught five passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns. He also found the end zone a 70-yard punt return. Edwards is now second in the NCAA in receiving yards, and tied for first with Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon in receiving touchdowns. | Jairo Razo/The Daily Cougar

BCS BOWLING How UH gets to one of the “Big Games” Junior running back Charles Sims has scored a touchdown in seven consecutive games (nine rushing, three receiving). Sims scored two rushing touchdown against Tulane. He also rushed for a career-high of 207 yards on 10 carries, and caught five passes for 45 yards. | Jairo Razo/The Daily Cougar

Sims scorches the Wave in breakout Houston native shatters record in Cougars win at Superdrome

Charles Sims makes defenders look like they are moving in slow motion. John The junior running back Brannen has enough speed to make most players envy him, and when he gets in top gear he is bound to pick up large chunks of yardage. In the Cougars’ 73-17 win against Tulane, he reeled off touchdown runs of 52 and 72 yards. His final stat line was 10 rushing attempts for 207 yards, along with five receptions for 45 yards. He shattered a school record, averaging 20.7 yards per carry — the previous mark was Don Hargove’s mark of 19.9 in 1953. Sims is the latest benefactor on the Cougars’ running back carousel, as all three running backs have at one point led in rushing statistics. Senior Bryce Beall was the clear starter as the season began, and was the early leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. He missed three contests because of a lingering hamstring issue, making senior Michael Hayes the next in line to receive the bulk of the carries. He also temporarily led UH in rushing scores and yardage. But it was Sims who shined brightest against the Green Wave. He emerged from the blowout victory as the new leader in yards with 658, and touchdowns with nine. He now leads Hayes by 105 yards and two scores. If his explosive showing versus Tulane is any indicator, he is unlikely to lose the team rushing title as long he stays healthy. Early in the season running backs coach Clarence McKinney described Beall and Hayes as the room clowns, and that Sims has

a more quiet demeanor. Other players may be more vocal, but that is not his style. Coaches take notice of his attention to detail and intensity. He is described as a hard worker in practice that makes his teammates better. Yet with all the sharing in the backfield, no one in the trio feels as if they are the featured back. “It’s more like a three-headed monster,” Sims said. “We’re all playmakers. Once we get started it’s hard to stop us.” His exciting play was sorely missed last year, as the NCAA ruled him ineligible for 2010 because of an academic issue. His time away from competing was used to his advantage as he bulked up. He was forced to wait again and missed the second contest of the season after suffering an injury in the season opener against UCLA. In the fifth game against UTEP Sims had his coming out party. A touchdown run of 40 yards, and a touchdown reception of 84 yards were key in the Cougars’ 49-42 victory Sept. 29 in El Paso. Since then opportunities and his production have skyrocketed. “It’s just been patience,” he said. “I’ve been patiently waiting. It feels great to come back, and be able to make plays in this offense.” Sims spent his high school career at Westbury, an HISD school that is approximately 20 minutes away from UH. Finding such a promising talent so close to campus should be a priority for this program. “I could picture myself going here,” Sims said. “I could picture myself in red and white.”


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2 10 35

3 0 24

4 7 14

FINAL 17 73

Scoring summary Second quarter UH — Beall, 11-yd run (Hogan kick), 13:48 UH — Edwards, 70-yd punt return (Hogan kick), 12:53 TLN — Darkwa, 3-yd run (Santos kick), 5:44 UH — Sims, 52-yd run (Hogan kick), 4:46 UH — Edwards, 23-yd pass from Keenum (Hogan kick), 2:39 TLN — Santos, 42-yd field goal, 0:49 UH —Sims, 72-yd run (Hogan kick), 0:18 Third quarter UH — Hogan, 23-yd field goal UH — Edwards, 8-yd from Keenum (Hogan kick), 7:22 UH — Edwards, 66-yd pass from Keenum (Hogan kick), 6:16 UH — Blackmon, 27-yd pass from Turner (Hogan kick), 2:56 Fourth quarter TLN — Darkwa, 3-yd run (Santos kick), 12:53 UH — Turner, 35-yd run (Hogan kick), 10:56 UH — Payne, 76-yd punt return (Hogan kick), 9:39

Game leaders Passing UH — Keenum, 22-29, 325 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT UH — Turner, 8-11, 118, 1 TD, 0 INT TLN — Griffin, 19-43, 137 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT

Boise State’s 36-35 loss to TCU cleared a path for UH to grab an at-large bid for a BCS bowl. What this means is that the Cougars still need to win out and win Conference USA. Even if Boise is higher in the BCS standings than UH, they cannot win the Mountain West unless TCU loses its last two games — which is unlikely. In addition to being ranked in the top 12 of the BCS, to qualify a team must win its conference. If the Cougars lose to SMU, but beat Tulsa, they would still go to the Conference USA championship game. A loss to SMU or Tulsa kills all BCS hopes and dreams. Below are the BCS’s provisions for qualifying as a non-AQ school: ! The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either: ! Such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings, or, ! Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls.








2 Oklahoma State



3 Alabama



4 Oregon



5 Oklahoma



6 Arkansas



7 Clemson



8 Virginia Tech



9 Stanford



10 Boise State 11 Houston





12 South Carolina



Rushing UH — Sims, 10 att, 207 yds, 2 TD UH — Turner, 1 att, 35 yds, 1 TD TLN — Darkwa, 21 att, 123 yds, 2 TD

13 Kansas State



14 Georgia



15 Michigan State



16 Nebraska



Receiving UH — Edwards, 5 rec, 129 yds, 3 TD UH — Johnson, 5 rec, 96 yds

17 Wisconsin



18 Michigan



19 TCU



Defense UH — Hayden, 4 tk, 1 INT, 1 TD UH — Allen, 4 tk, 4 TFL, 4 sk

20 Southern Miss



21 Penn State



22 Baylor



23 Texas



24 Auburn



25 Florida State



Punt returns UH — Edwards, 1 ret, 70 yds, 1 TD UH — Payne, 2 ret, 81 yds, 1 TD




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Cougars transition to new era at Hofheinz UH wins with aggressive D and uptempo offense Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR Head coach James Dickey likes lists — numbering off objectives, postives from games, negatives and goals for the next game. Dickey said that there were two areas that UH needed to improve in for its season opener against Grambling State — defense and turnovers. The Cougars came through in their 88-42 win over the Tigers at Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday, turning the ball over just seven times and holding the Tigers to a 26-percent mark from the field, while getting up and down the court with an up-tempo and aggressive style on both ends of the floor. The Cougars played the passing lanes well and created 37 points off of 27 Tiger turnovers. Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas impressed in his debut, embodying that up-tempo, aggressive style with three blocks, three steals while also showing an impressive handle, leading several Cougar fastbreaks, totaling five assists. “For a guy that’s 6’8-plus, he handles the ball pretty well,� Dickey said. “When he touches it a lot of good things happen.

“Did I know he could handle it to this degree against this level of talent? Maybe not that much. But we’ve worked with him with what we call ‘bust out.’ When he gets a rebound, not to give it up, just bring it up because he makes good decisions.� Thomas also added 13 points and eight rebounds. Redshirt freshman Joseph Young led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points on 5-11 shooting, while also putting in two threes and handing out seven assists against two turnovers. Despite the impressive win for UH, there was one item missing from Dickey’s pregame list. “I should’ve added free throws to that,� Dickey said. For what was otherwise a very complete performance from the Cougars, they converted on just 15-of-28 from the free throw line. Young shot 6-of-7 from the line, but Thomas only made 5-of-10. Junior guard Jonathan Simmons was 2-of-7. “It’s about two things in my opinion with free throws,� Dickey said. “It’s about routine and mental toughness. You’ve got to be strong mentally to make those free throws. We’ve got to get better there.� Despite their stuggles from the line, the Cougars shot 50 percent from the field and knocked down 7-of-17 three-point attempts with senior guard Darian Thibodeux

leading the way with the three. Thibodeaux’s energy and defense were also imperative in the Cougars’ win, helping hold the Tigers’ starting guards to 5-of-17 shooting. “I’m the Energizer bunny on the team,� Thibodeaux said. “I get everybody going.� The Cougars also received strong contributions from their bench with sophmore forward Mikhail McLean, freshman point guard J.J. Thompson and junior forward Kirk Van Slyke scoring 21 points. Van Slyke looked like a different after an inconsistent season last year. “He’s taken a better approach,� Thibodeaux said. “I wouldn’t say a more serious approach, but it’s more personal this year. He’s gotten bigger and stronger, and everyday we push him to get better under the basket and do a lot of stuff and he’s just really bought in.� Van Slyke led UH with nine rebounds. “He’s a big piece to the puzzle,� Dickey said. The Cougars jump back into action against Utah Valley at 7 p.m. today at Hofheinz Pavilion, hoping to start 2-0 for a second straight season. “I’m ready to go to get it going,� Thibodeaux said. “I’m ready to go to sleep, wake up and play.�

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