HOUSTON - University of Houston senior forward Devin Davis led all players with 16 points, and sophomore guard Armoni Brooks posted his second straight double-double to lead the Cougars to a 73-42 win over Tulane on Sunday inside H&PE Arena on Sunday in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
Davis connected on 6-of-9 shots from the field and drained all four of his free throw attempts to lead the Cougars to their fifth win in the last six games.
After posting 23 points with 10 rebounds in Houston’s win over SMU on Thursday, Brooks recorded his second straight double-double with 11 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. The Round Rock, Texas, native also drained a team-high three 3-pointers in the win.
With Sunday’s win, the Cougars improved to 19-5 overall and returned to a tie for second with No. 21/22 Wichita State in American Athletic Conference play with a 9-3 league mark. Tulane dropped to 13-11 overall and 4-8 in conference play.
The two teams went back and forth early before Tulane moved to within 9-7 following Melvin Frazier’s 3-pointer with 15:44 left in the first half. Fortunately, Houston erupted on a 24-3 run over the next 11:40 and grabbed a 33-10 lead when Brooks drained a trey with 4:04 remaining.
The Green Wave would move no closer than 20 points for the rest of the way.
The Cougars outrebounded Tulane 40-31, forced 16 Green Wave turnovers and limited Tulane to only 28.6 percent from the field (14-of-49).
Junior guard Corey Davis Jr. finished with eight points and drained a pair of 3-pointers, his 20th straight game with at least one trey.
Senior guard and Jerry West Award Finalist Rob Gray added eight points with three assists and became the leading scorer in American Athletic Conference history with 1,463 points, surpassing SMU guard Nic Moore’s 1,462 points.
Junior point guard Galen Robinson Jr. finished with a game-high five assists and only one turnover and moved into ninth in Houston career history with 340 assists, moving past Houston great Cecil Rose’s 338 assists from 1974 to 1978.
Frazier led Tulane with 11 points and was the only Green Wave player to reach double-digit points. Guard Cameron Reynolds finished with nine points and tied with Brooks for game-high honors with 11 boards.
• Following Sunday’s game, Houston wraps up its homestand at 6 p.m., Thursday, against No. 6/6 Cincinnati... Game will be shown on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
• From there, Houston hits the road again to take on Temple at 3 p.m. (CST) Feb. 18, inside the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia... Game will be shown on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM.
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