HOUSTON - University of Houston senior guard Damyean Dotson poured in career highs of 31 points and seven 3-pointers to lead the Cougars to an 82-64 win over American Athletic Conference rival UCF on Wednesday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Dotson connected on 11-of-16 shots from the field, including 7-of-12 from behind the arc, to lead the Cougars to their third straight win. The Houston native posted his fourth straight game with 20+ points, becoming the first Cougar to accomplish that feat since Joseph Young in 2013, and became the 58th different Cougar to score 30+ points in his UH career.
With seven 3-pointers, Dotson tied for the sixth-highest single-game total in Houston history and became the first Cougar to sink that many since Jherrod Stiggers buried eight treys against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 28, 2014.
Making at least one 3-pointer in all 23 games to date, Dotson tied with Richard Hollis for the fifth-longest streak in Houston history.
The Yates High product also grabbed a team-high six rebounds with a pair of assists in 35 minutes.
The two teams battled in the first half with the Cougars taking a 32-30 lead into the locker room at the break. The Knights, who claimed a 77-70 win over Houston in Orlando on Jan. 14, moved to within 35-34 when 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall dunked with 17:46 remaining in the game.
However, the Cougars used a 9-2 run over the next 2:31 to take control of the game and would not lead by fewer than six points the rest of the way. Dotson capped the rally with back-to-back 3-pointers in a 34-second stretch.
Junior guard Rob Gray, the American Athletic Conference's leading scorer, finished with 15 points and added three rebounds and a pair of assists. The Forest City, N.C., native remains the only Cougar to score 12+ points in every game in which he has played in 2016-17.
Sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. totaled 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five rebounds and five assists.
UCF guard Matt Williams led the Knights with 26 points and five 3-pointers, while guard B.J. Taylor finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Chad Brown came off the bench to grab a game-high eight rebounds.
Fall, who was averaging a double-double entering Wednesday's contest, was limited by the Cougar frontcourt of Devin Davis, Danrad Knowles, Kyle Meyer and Bertrand Nkali to four points and five rebounds before fouling out.
Following Wednesday's game, the Cougars will take a week off from their schedule before hitting the road to take on Tulane at 7 p.m., Feb. 8, at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans.
Second meeting between the two teams after the Cougars claimed a 65-51 win in Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 24... Game can be seen on ESPNews and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
From there, Cougar take on Tulsa at 7 p.m., Feb. 11, inside Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla... Second meeting between the two teams after Cougars enjoyed a 64-61 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 4.
Game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games.
COACHES vs. CANCER 3-POINT CHALLENGE
The Cougars also will take part in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Houston fans are invited to visit pledgeit.org/cvc-houston and pledge a dollar amount for every 3-pointer the Cougars make from Feb. 1 to March 5.
The funds raised will help the American Cancer Society continue its mission to improving and saving lives by doing the most to help people with cancer today and working tirelessly to find cures for the disease tomorrow.
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