HOUSTON - University of Houston senior guard Damyean Dotson posted 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 65-51 win over American Athletic Conference rival Tulane on Tuesday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Dotson, who was a Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First-Team selection, connected on 8-of-18 shots from the field and added a pair of assists while playing all but four minutes in the game. The Houston native enjoyed his sixth 20-point game this season and second straight and the 16th of his career.
With the win, the Cougars snapped a three-game losing skid and improved to 14-7 overall and 5-4 in American Athletic Conference play. Tulane dropped to 4-16 overall and 1-7 in league play.
The two teams went back and forth early before the Cougars used a big run to take control of the game. The Green Wave grabbed a 7-4 lead when Cameron Reynolds was fouled on a putback layup and sank the free throw with 13:18 remaining.
However, the Cougars erupted on a 17-1 run over the next eight minutes and built a 21-8 advantage when Dotson buried a 3-pointer with 6:16 left in the first half. Houston would not lead by fewer than nine points the rest of the way.
Tulane battled back and moved to within 51-40 when Ryan Smith sank a pair of free throws with 8:17 left, but Houston scored eight of the game's next nine points for a 61-41 lead and was never threatened again.
Making the first start of his collegiate career, freshman guard Armoni Brooks scored 11 points with a pair of 3-pointers, while junior guard Rob Gray totaled 12 points to reach double digits for the 21st straight game in 2016-17. Junior guard Wes VanBeck came off the bench to score 11 points with a team-high three treys, while senior center Kyle Meyer added a season-high eight rebounds in the win.
Malik Morgan led Tulane with 13 points, while Cameron Reynolds totaled 11 points with a game-high 10 assists. Smith added 10 points with six boards in the loss.
Following Tuesday's game, the Cougars continue their homestand when they play host to American Athletic Conference rival Temple at 9 p.m., Saturday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion... Game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
Homestand wraps up the homestand at 6 p.m., Feb. 1, when the Cougars take on UCF for the second time this season... Knights claimed a 77-70 win in Orlando on Jan. 14... Game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $5 each, based on availability.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games.
COACHES vs. CANCER SUITS and SNEAKERS AWARENESS WEEK
For this week's games, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and his coaching and support staffs will wear sneakers on the sidelines as a visible reminder about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing cancer risk.
Since 1993, coaches and their supporters have raised more than $100 million for the American Cancer Society. For more information, fans can visit CoachesvsCancer.org
The Cougars will wear gold shoelaces in recognition of Princess Lacey's Legacy. Fans can purchase specially designed laces online by clicking here or in stores from Shoe Carnival in memory of Lacey. Funds raised will go to the Coaches vs. Cancer program and Princess Lacey's Legacy to continue the fight against pediatric cancer.
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men's Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
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