HOUSTON - University of Houston junior guard Rob Gray led all players with 22 points, and junior forward Devin Davis added 19 points with 12 rebounds in his UH debut to lead the Cougars to a resounding 93-52 win over Morgan State on Friday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Gray, who entered the season as the American Athletic Conference's leading returning scorer, connected on 7-of-13 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from the 3-point line. The Forest City, N.C., native did a little of everything Friday night, posting five rebounds with four assists and a pair of steals.
Making his debut as a Cougar, Davis was equally impressed. The Odessa Junior College product totaled 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, including four off the offensive glass. Davis collected the first double-double of his collegiate career after earning NJCAA All-America First Team honors a year ago.
The Cougars set the tone quickly and wasted little time in taking command of the game. Houston scored the game's first 11 points and led 28-5 midway through the first half after Gray buried a 3-pointer.
The Cougars connected on 45.9 percent of their shots in the first 20 minutes and limited the Bears to only 20.8 percent in taking a 45-19 lead into the locker room at the break.
In the second half, Houston connected on nearly 60 percent of its shots and was led by senior guard and 2016 Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First-Team selection Damyean Dotson, who scored all 13 of his points in the final 20 minutes.
Senior forward Danrad Knowles, the Cougars' only 3-year letterman, finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. and junior guard Wes VanBeck combined for 15 points with only two turnovers.
This marked the second straight season in which the Cougars enjoyed a 41-point victory to open. A year ago, Houston enjoyed a 110-69 win over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 18, 2015, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Morgan State Guard Tiwian Kendley led the Bears with 18 points, while forward Phillip Carr added 16 points and tied with center Alex Ennis for team-high honors with seven rebounds.
Following Friday's game, the Cougars compete in their second exhibition contest of the year when they meet Angelo State at 7 p.m., Nov. 16, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the Cougars hit the road for the first time when they compete at the Gulf Coast Showcase inside Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.
The Cougars open that tournament at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 21, before facing the winner/loser of Kent State/South Dakota on Nov. 22. Houston closes out the regular-season tournament on Nov. 23 at a time to be determined.
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