HOUSTON - The University of Houston Men's Basketball program jumped out to a 37-17 lead at halftime and never looked back in taking a 63-45 win over Tulane on Tuesday night in American Athletic Conference play inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars connected on nearly 47 percent of their shots and never allowed the Green Wave to score more three unanswered points in the first 20 minutes in taking a 20+-point lead into the locker room at halftime for the second straight game.
With the win, the Cougars won their fifth straight game and improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 2007-08, becoming the first American Athletic Conference team with three league victories. The Cougars (13-2) also moved to 10-0 in Hofheinz Pavilion this season - topping their home win total from all of last season - and equaled their win total from the entire 2014-15 campaign.
Houston outrebounded the Green Wave 50-32 with 20 offensive rebounds and committed only seven turnovers while forcing 12 Tulane giveaways, leading to 14 points.
Sophomore point guard Rob Gray, Jr., who is the American Athletic Conference's leading scorer, led all players with 15 points, while senior forward Devonta Pollard and junior forward Danrad Knowles added 13 points apiece.
After setting a career high with 13 rebounds in the Cougars' 77-50 win at Temple on Saturday, senior guard LeRon Barnes set another personal best with 14 boards. Junior center Kyle Meyer scored six points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the win. Junior point guard Ronnie Johnson led all players with four assists.
Tulane guard Malik Morgan led the Green Wave with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars will take a break from their schedule before facing RV/RV Cincinnati at 6 p.m. (CST), Jan. 13, inside Liacouras Center in Cincinnati.
From there, Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to No. 23/24 UConn at 1 p.m., Jan. 17.
Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion when it plays host to Tulane at 8 p.m., Tuesday, in American Athletic Conference play.
HOW TO ORDER TICKETS
Fans have a variety of ticket options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 3-Point Packs are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for complete information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets and follow the appropriate links or click here.
Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.
Single-game tickets for Houston Men's Basketball's 2015-16 season begin at only $5 per game. Fans can purchase General Admission single-game tickets for only $5, while Reserved 2 seating is available for only $10 per game. Fans may buy Reserved 1 single-game tickets for $15 per ticket.
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Fans can purchase three tickets to Houston home games in the 3-Point Pack. Reserved 1 seating for the 3-Point Pack can be purchased for $40 with Reserved seating available for only $30.
Fans can purchase the 3-Point Pack by clicking here.
Tickets for groups of 10-24 or more can be purchased for as low as $12 per ticket in Reserved 2 for 18 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of more than 25 people can buy Reserved 2 tickets for only $10 per ticket
Groups of 10-24 can buy tickets for only $10 per ticket in Reserved 2 with prices plummeting to only $6 per ticket for groups of 25 or more.
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