HOUSTON - University of Houston freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., poured in a career-high 19 points, and senior forward Devonta Pollard added 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cougars to an 81-66 win over Tulsa on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Robinson and Pollard were two of four Cougars who finished with double-digit points. Sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., added 16 points with a pair of 3-pointers, and junior forward Danrad Knowles totaled 11 points with six rebounds.
Robinson connected on 8-of-11 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point line and added three rebounds with a game-high four assists. Pollard enjoyed the eighth double-double of his career, including his second this season, and topped all players with his rebounding total.
With the win, the Cougars snapped a four-game losing skid and moved to 14-6 overall and 4-4 in American Athletic Conference play. Houston also moved past its win total from the entire 2014-15 season. Tulsa dropped to 13-7 overall and 5-3 in league play.
The Cougars jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the first three minutes and never trailed in the game. Houston built as much as a 21-point lead in the first 20 minutes and eventually held a 40-27 lead at halftime after limiting the Golden Hurricane to only 26.7 percent from the field
Tulsa cut the deficit to 42-32 early in the second half, but Robinson and Knowles combined to score all the Cougars' points in a 12-2 run over a three-and-a-half minute stretch to push Houston's advantage back to 20 points. The Golden Hurricane never moved closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Houston connected on 46.6 percent from the field while holding Tulsa to only 32.8 percent. The Cougars also outrebounded Tulsa 48-38 and swatted five shots in ending a 6-game losing streak and winning for the first time against Tulsa since Jan. 4, 2012.
Tulsa guard Pat Birt led his team with 16 points on 4-of-16 shooting, while guard Shaquille Harrison added 15 points in the loss. James Woodard, who entered Wednesday's game as the league's leading scorer, was held to 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars close out the month of January when it takes on American Athletic Conference rival East Carolina at 11 a.m. (CST), Saturday, inside Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C. That game will be televised on ESPNews and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
From there, Houston takes on No. 13/NR SMU at 7 p.m., Monday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be part of a special celebration for the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl champion Houston Football team.
Football Head Coach Tom Herman will address the crowd inside Hofheinz Pavilion at halftime, and the Football team will be presented the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl championship trophy on Guy V. Lewis Court. Tickets start at only $5 and can be purchased here.
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.
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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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