PHILADELPHIA - University of Houston sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., led all players with 23 points, and junior point guard Ronnie Johnson keyed a late first-half run as the Cougars claimed a 77-50 win over Temple on Saturday inside Liacouras Center in American Athletic Conference play.
Gray, who is the only Cougar to score in double digits in every game in which he has played this season, connected on 8-of-15 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers, and dished out six assists with three rebounds and three steals.
Johnson finished with 17 points, including 14 late in the first half when the Cougars broke the game open.
With the win, the Cougars won their fourth straight game and improved to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in American play. Houston also moved to 2-0 in league play after two road games to start the season for the first time since 1946-47.
The game was close early, and Temple moved to within 20-16 when Trey Lowe sank a layup with 8:24 left. However, the Cougars closed out the first half on a 20-5 run with Johnson scoring 11 of his 14 first-half points during the final 6:35.
In the second half, Temple tried to trim the deficit but the Cougars did not allow more than five unanswered points at any time and built as much as a 30-point lead.
Playing days after knocking off No. 22/23 Cincinnati on the road, Temple was limited to only 34.5 percent from the field, including 3-of-23 from behind the 3-point line. The Cougars also outrebounded the Owls 41-34 to win in Philadelphia for the first time as American Athletic Conference members.
Obi Enechionyia and Quenton DeCosey led the Owls with nine points apiece, while DeCosey and Jaylen Bond led Temple with six rebounds each.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to Tulane at 8 p.m., Tuesday, in American Athletic Conference play. That game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
From there, Houston will take a break from their schedule before facing No. 22/23 Cincinnati at 6 p.m. (CST), Jan. 13, inside Liacouras Center in Cincinnati.
Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when they play host to Tulane at 8 p.m., Tuesday, in American Athletic Conference play.
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