Houston senior Rodney Preheim puts up a shot in traffic Monday.

CABOOL — Thayer used a 17-2 third quarter run to pull away from the Houston Tigers in a 65-49 victory Monday in the opening round of the Cabool Holiday Tournament.

The 13th seeded Tigers face Couch at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Despite managing one first-quarter field goal and trailing 11-3 early, Houston (1-6) pulled within a point on Curry Van Horn’s layin midway through the third quarter. Thayer answered with six straight points and scored 17 of the next 19 to build a 42-26 advantage.

Van Horn hit four 3-pointers and scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the second half. Weston Walker added 11 points.

The Tigers were 9-for-21 at the foul line.

Box score

Houston  3  14  16  16  –  49

Thayer  11  10  21  23  –  65

HOUSTON – Curry Van Horn 18. Aaron Cantrell 5. Devin Coulter 5. Weston Walker 11. Cory Scheets 5. Jacob Kelley 2. Rodney Preheim 3. FG 17. FT 9-21. F 16. (3-pointers: Van Horn 4, Cantrell, Walker. Fouled out: Scheets)

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