“Cocky” Yankee Leads UH Past TCU For The 3rd Time In 44 Days

Sixty years ago today, UH won at TCU, 61-56, for their third win over the Horned Frogs in 44 days. In mid-December, the Coogs beat them in Houston, two weeks later in a Christmas tournament in OKC, and Fort Worth. Lyle Harger had 21 points and ten boards.

Guy V. Lewis was inadvertently locked in the visitors’ locker room at halftime, delaying the 2nd half.

UH captain Jack Thompson, a brash senior from New York City, riled up the TCU crowd at the brand-new Daniel–Meyer Coliseum. News reports from the game call him “cocky” and said he “could make a mint being the villain in wrestling.”

TCU fans were upset because Thompson allegedly kicked their star player Phil Reynolds “in the seat” a few times in the OKC tournament. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram story following the game in Fort Worth says that Thompson worked over Reynolds “on the sly Thursday night with bumps, shoves and what have you.”

Thompson had seven points in the last two minutes, including hitting four-straight free throws to ice the game. With one second to play, Thompson went down to celebrate in front of the TCU players. The Star-Telegram wrote:

UH won the three games over TCU by a combined 15 points (4, 6, 5). The 1961-62 team set a school record with 21 wins, including four over SWC schools, three vs. AAWU (precursor to the Pac-8), and two against SEC schools.



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