HOUSTON - University of Houston senior guard Rob Gray posted a game-high 34 points and led the Cougars to an American Athletic Conference record-setting 18 3-pointers during a 104-71 win over Tulsa on Thursday evening inside H&PE Arena in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
Gray – who had averaged 10.7 points per game in the previous three contests – had already scored 22 points by halftime, and connected on 12-of-17 from the field, including 5-of-8 from the arc.
The Forest City, N.C., native also grabbed three rebounds with three steals and a career-high-tying eight assists on the way to the fifth 30-point game of his career.
The Cougars, who improved to 13-3 overall and 3-1 in American Athletic Conference play, buried a season-high 18 3-pointers in the win. That total topped Tulsa’s 17 treys in a double-overtime win over UConn on Jan. 3 for the conference high mark.
It also tied as the second-highest total in Houston single-game history, equaling the 18 treys against SMU (Feb. 16, 2008) and at Rhode Island (Nov. 13, 2006) and trailing only the school record of 19 against Florida Tech on Nov. 22, 2005).
Gray tied with sophomore guard Armoni Brooks for game-high honors in 3-pointers made. Brooks connected on 5-of-8 from behind the line as well on the way to 15 points. Junior guard Corey Davis Jr. buried 3-of-6 attempts in scoring 14 points with five assists, while senior guard Wes VanBeck drained 3-of-5 from the line on the way to 10 points with four rebounds.
Junior guard Gabe Grant also sank a pair of treys to post a career-high 10 points in the win.
With the score tied 15-15 following Tulsa guard DaQuan Jeffries’ 3-pointer with 15:17 left in the first half, the Cougars erupted 23-5 run and grabbed a 38-20 lead when Gray made a layup with 7:06 remaining. Davis drained two of his three treys, and Gray added five points during the Cougars’ run.
Houston connected on a sizzling 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from the field in the opening 20 minutes to take a 59-34 lead into the locker room at the break. It was the Cougars’ highest first-half point total since scoring 59 in a 110-57 win over Alcorn State on Nov. 18, 2008.
Tulsa forward Martins Igbanu led the Golden Hurricane with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Jeffries added 11 points in the loss.
• Following Thursday’s game, the Cougars will hit the road for a pair of games... The swing begins at 1 p.m. (CST) Sunday, 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.
• From there, Houston heads east on Interstate 10 to take on Tulane at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans... Game will be shown on ESPNews and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• Cougars return to Houston to complete the regular-season series against No. 9/9 Wichita State at 11 a.m., Jan. 20, inside H&PE Arena... Game will be played on the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century between No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Houston.
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