HOUSTON (AP) Danuel House scored a season-high 28 points and Joseph Young added 20, helping Houston continue its impressive start with a 78-67 win Wednesday night over SMU in the Cougars' Conference USA opener.
House, a freshman, was 7 of 11 from the field for the Cougars (12-2), who have won seven of their last eight home games against SMU. Young, the team's leading scorer at 17.4 points per game coming in, was 8 of 16.
Jalen Jones had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Mustangs (10-7, 0-2), and Nick Russell scored 14.
The Mustangs led 36-32 at halftime and 47-38 after Jones' tip-in with 15:14 to play. But Houston responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead, then went ahead for good on TaShawn Thomas' jumper with 5:48 left.
Leon Gibson had eight points and 14 rebounds for Houston, and Thomas pulled down 12 boards and scored six points.
By Julie Donaldson
Most nicknames are either earned or given to you. On the Redskins, take "AD's" (standing for "All Day,") never quit mentality in Oklahoma. Another Sooner Trent Williams is fondly known as "Silverback," as his teammates said he was a beast on the field. Former Redskin Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said his Grandma started calling him Ha Ha because he giggled so much as a kid. His real name is Ha’Sean.
Then, there are these from around the league: Marshawn Lynch, a.k.a "Beast Mode." There's the Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence, known as "Tank "because his big brother would always “tank him” when wrestling. Cincinnati's quarterback Andy Dalton is the "Red Rifle" for more obvious reasons.
All of these names were given to the player by a teammate, coach, friend, or family member as a term of endearment. Such is the case for Dwayne Haskins Jr., who goes by "Simba." Simba, of course, was the cub that is born to take over the throne, or football team for the sake of this story.
Haskins adopted the name Simba when he was seven. His Aunt was combing out what Haskins said was his "fro" and she told him it looked like a lion's mane. Thus, Simba was born.
Last night, a new King was born as Dwayne Haskins brings his moniker to Ashburn. Welcome, Simba. Rule well!
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Now that the Capitals' postseason has come to an abrupt end, the team is regrouping for the offseason beginning with locker cleanout Friday morning.
As players figure out offseason plans, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov will be heading back to their home country of Russia to join the national team for this year's IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
The Russian National team's official English Twitter account confirmed the news Thursday.
Ovechkin, Kuznetsov and Orlov join other Russian NHL players such as Toronto Maple Leaf's Nikita Zaitsev and Evgenii Dadonov of the Florida Panthers.
The last time Ovechkin participated in the IIHF World Championship was after the Capitals' postseason loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016. Team Russia went on to beat Team USA in the Bronze Medal game.
Kuznetsov and Orlov joined Team Russia in the 2017 IIHF's where Russia won the Bronze in consecutive years.
The 2019 IIHF World Championship begins in two weeks on Friday, May 10.
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