WICHITA, Kan. - University of Houston senior guard Rob Gray led the Cougars with 13 points, and junior center Valentine Sangoyomi added a career-high six rebounds, but it would not be enough to stop a hot-shooting Wichita State in an 81-63 loss inside Koch Center on Thursday evening.
The Shockers, who were ranked No. 9 in both national polls entering the game, used a hot first half to build a lead they would never give up. Wichita State connected on 59.4 percent from the field, including 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the 3-point line, to take a 53-32 lead into the locker room at the break.
Grey connected on 6-of-14 shots from the field and dished out an assist and steal on the way to scoring double-digit points for the 44th time in his last 45 games.
Sangoyomi, who hails from Lagos, Nigeria, tied with junior guard Wes VanBeck for the team lead with six boards, including five off the defensive glass, and added three points with an assist.
Junior guard Corey Davis Jr. totaled 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers as well as two rebounds and a team-high five assists, while VanBeck finished with 11 points, thanks to a 6-of-6 performance from the free throw line.
Landry Shamet led Wichita State with 18 points, while Conner Frankamp added 15 points with a game-high 3-pointers. Shaquille Morris finished with 14 points and six rebounds with Markis McDuffie coming off the bench to post 11 points. Zach Brown led Wichita State with seven rebounds and five assists.
With the loss, the Cougars saw their four-game winning streak end and fell to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in American Athletic Conference play. Wichita State improved to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.
• Following Thursday’s game, the Cougars will take a break from competition before facing Tulsa at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, inside H&PE Arena.
• From there, Houston will hit the road for a pair of games... The swing begins at 1 p.m., Jan. 14, when the Cougars take on ECU inside Williams Arena in Greenville, N.C... Game can be seen on ESPN3 and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• Cougars then head east on Interstate 10 to take on Tulane at 7 p.m., Jan. 17, inside H&PE Arena... Game can be seen on ESPNews and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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