HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., posted a team-high 15 points, and junior guard Damyean Dotson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, but it would not be quite enough as UConn claimed a 69-57 win over the Cougars inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
UConn used an 18-5 run midway through the second half to build a lead and held off the Cougars the rest of the way to earn its first win inside Hofheinz Pavilion since 1999.
Houston, which dropped to 13-4 overall and 3-2 in American Athletic Conference play, built as much as an 8-point lead early in the second half and led 49-41 when senior guard LeRon Barnes buried a 3-pointer with 12:27 left.
Unfortunately, the Huskies rallied during the next eight minutes take a lead they would never relinquish. Guard Sterling Gibbs capped the run with six points, thanks to two of his game-high four 3-pointers in the game.
The Cougars closed to within 61-57 following a Galen Robinson Jr., layup with 2:16 remaining in the game but could move no closer in suffering their first loss inside Hofheinz Pavilion this season in 11 regular-season games.
Houston struggled from the field for much of Sunday's game. The Cougars made only one of their first 13 shots and shot 33.3 percent (21-of-63) from the field, including 29.6 percent (8-of-27) in the second half but took advantage of 11 offensive rebounds and committed only nine turnovers.
Robinson finished with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals in front of 4,672 fans.
Gibbs led all players with 20 points and tied for team-high honors with three assists. Forward Daniel Hamilton and Shonn Miller each tallied 14 points, with Hamilton's nine rebounds leading all players, and guard Jalen Aleam added 13 points with four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
Following Sunday's game, the Cougars hit the road again to face No. 10 SMU at 8 p.m., Tuesday, inside Moody Coliseum in Dallas. That game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
From there, the team returns to Hofheinz Pavilion to play host in two straight games. The brief homestand begins at 3 p.m., Saturday, when the Cougars face USF for the second time this season. Houston opened American Athletic Conference play with a 73-67 win against the Bulls in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 30.
That game against USF also will be Houston Men's Basketball's second Youth Night. Youth basketball team members (grades K-6th) who wear their team jerseys to the USF game on Saturday will be admitted FREE to the game.
Adults accompanying youth team members in jerseys may purchase tickets on the day of the game for only $5.
Following the game, ALL youth team members (grades K-6th) are invited to visit the court where they may take a team photo on Guy V. Lewis Court and receive the Cougars' official 2015-16 team poster.
For more information about Youth Night, fans may email Director of Program Development Lauren Sampson at email@example.com.
Following the USF game, the Cougars conclude their homestand when they meet Tulsa at 7 p.m., Jan. 27, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
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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