FORT WORTH, Texas -- Houston's TaShawn Thomas led a dominate performance in the paint with 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Cougars defeated TCU 54-48 on Tuesday night.
The Cougars (6-2) nearly doubled up on the Horned Frogs (6-3) in the paint, outscoring TCU 32-18.
The Horned Frogs kept the nation's 19th-best scoring offense in check, but they couldn't keep up. TCU was the third-best team in the NCAA in scoring defense going into the game, giving up just 52.6 points per game.
Houston, which came into the game averaging 81.0 points per game -- 19th-best in the NCAA -- was held to its season low in points. But TCU shot just 33.3 percent, including 5 of 18 from 3-point range.
Joseph Young added 12 points for the Cougars, snapping a two-game losing streak.