HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore guard Wes VanBeck led the Cougars with a career-high 15 points, and junior forward Danrad Knowles added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds during a 71-62 loss to American Athletic Conference rival USF on Saturday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
VanBeck, who competed at Houston's Westside High and joined the Cougars as a walk-on, connected on 4-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers and grabbed two rebounds with four assists and no turnovers.
His scoring total topped his previous best, which came against the Bulls on March 1, 2015, while his assist total surpassed his previous high of three against East Carolina on March 8, 2015.
Making his second straight start, Knowles was 6-of-7 from the field on the way to his 15 points and led the Cougars with seven rebounds.
The Cougars (13-6, 3-4 American) were the victim of cold shooting throughout the game and hit only 37.5 percent (21-of-56) from the field. USF built a 32-22 lead at halftime and were ahead by as many as 16 points with 14 minutes left in the game before Houston rallied.
Houston managed to trim that deficit to only four points on several occasions, including the 5:28 mark when junior point guard Ronnie Johnson sank a pair of free throws. However, the Bulls took advantage of a 9-1 run and were never threatened again.
USF outrebounded the Cougars 43-27 with 14 offensive rebounds in splitting the regular-season series against Houston. The Cougars enjoyed a 73-67 win on Dec. 30, 2015, in Tampa, Fla., in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Freshman guard Jahmal McMurray led all player with 30 points, while Angel Nunez added 12 points with five rebounds.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars conclude their homestand when they meet Tulsa at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, Houston closes out the month of January when it takes on American Athletic Conference rival East Carolina at 11 a.m. (CST), Jan. 30, inside Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C. That game will be televised on ESPNews and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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