HOUSTON - University of Houston junior guard Wes VanBeck posted a career-high 16 points and went 10-for-10 from the free throw line, including four in the final minute, to help lead the Cougars to a 64-61 win over Tulsa in American Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
VanBeck, who was moved into the starting lineup shortly before tipoff while junior Rob Gray battled the flu, connected on 3-of-8 shots from the field and added a pair of assists with no turnovers while playing a career-high 37 minutes.
With the win, the Cougars won their third straight league game and moved to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in American Athletic Conference play. Tulsa dropped to 7-7 overall and 1-1 in American play.
The Cougars overcame a sluggish first half that saw them trailing 32-28 after hitting only 32.1 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes. Trailing 59-57 with 1:44 remaining, the Cougars moved to within a point when senior forward Danrad Knowles sank 1-of-2 free throws.
After Tulsa missed its field goal on the ensuing possession, VanBeck was fouled and sank both free throws to give the Cougars the lead for good at 60-59 with just under a minute remaining on the clock.
The Golden Hurricane missed two field goal tries coming back down the court, and Robinson snared the defensive rebound and was fouled with 25 seconds left. The Houston native and Westbury Christian product sank both free throws to give the Cougars a 62-59 advantage.
After Tulsa's Corey Henderson was fouled and made both free throws to move the Golden Hurricane to within 62-61 with 13 seconds left, VanBeck was fouled on the inbounds pass and calmly drained both free throws for a 64-61 Houston advantage.
Tulsa called timeout to set up a play, but Robinson swatted Henderson's 3-point try, and the clock ran out before the Golden Hurricane could put up another game-tying attempt.
Senior guard and Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection Damyean Dotson led all players with 18 points and four 3-pointers and added six rebounds. Knowles finished with 10 points and six rebounds, while Robinson did a little of everything with 10 points, four rebounds, five assists, a block and two steals in 39 minutes of action.
Senior center Kyle Meyer led the Cougars with seven rebounds, including a game-high five offensive boards.
Henderson came off the Tulsa bench to lead the Golden Hurricane with 16 points, while guard Jaleel Wheeler totaled 10 points with six rebounds in the loss. Forward Will Magna led all players with nine rebounds.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars continue their brief homestand when they play host to No. 22/22 Cincinnati at 8 p.m., Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
ALL Houston-area high school students are invited to claim a FREE ticket to Saturday's game against No. 22/22 Cincinnati. Students should visit uhcougars.com/highschool to claim their tickets.
1960s pennants -- Fans can get a FREE UH pennant highlighting basketball from the 1960s while supplies last before the game.
Youth Jerseys -- All kids wearing youth team basketball jerseys to Saturday's game get in FREE with $5 tickets for parents at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows on game day.
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Tickets -- For only $19.60, fans can receive 2 tickets, 2 soft drinks and 2 popcorns at the Hofheinz Pavilion ticket windows.
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