HOUSTON -- TaShawn Thomas had 14 points on 7 of 8 shooting to help Houston rally for a 78-67 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday night.
Jherrod Stiggers had 13 points and 5 rebounds, Danrad Knowles added 13 points and 5 rebounds on 4 of 5 shooting, L.J. Rose scored 13 points and 5 assists and Tione Womack scored 10 points with 6 assists for the Cougars (6-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Houston had 16 assists as a team and shot 49 percent, including nearly 57 percent in the second half.
Jeff Beverley had 20 points and 5 rebounds, and John Jordan had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for TAMU-CC (3-6), which fell for the fourth straight game.
Joy Williamson added 18 points off the bench on 5 of 6 shooting for the Islanders, who shot 46 percent but struggled in the second half, hitting just under 43 percent.
The Cougars opened up a 56-50 lead on two Knowles free throws with 9 minutes remaining, capping a 13-5 spurt for Houston. Knowles led the Cougars with four points in the run.
Houston's lead grew from there, hitting double-digits at 63-53 with 6:41 remaining on back-to-back dunks by Thomas and Knowles.
The Islanders would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Houston and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi went back and forth over the first six-and-a-half minutes of the second half, with the Islanders holding a 45-43 lead with 13:37 remaining on a Beverley layup.
The Islanders used a 13-2 run over a four-and-a-half minute stretch of the first half to turn a four-point deficit into a seven-point lead.
After Womack hit a jumper with 10:11 remaining in the first half to give the Cougars a 16-12 lead, Joy Williamson hit a jumper to spark the run. Jordan put the Islanders up 25-18 with 5:45 left in the half with a jump shot and had four points during the stretch, which saw five Texas A&M- Corpus Christi players score.
Houston closed the half outscoring the Islanders 9-4, capped by two Brandon Morris free throws to trail 31-29 at halftime.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
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