HOUSTON - Overcoming a sluggish first half, the University of Houston Men's Basketball program erupted out of the locker room after the break to erase a halftime deficit and take an 84-72 win over Angelo State on Wednesday night inside Hofheinz Pavilion in an exhibition contest.
Trailing 39-32 at halftime, the Cougars started the second half on a 27-5 run and built a 59-44 lead with 11:41 left when senior guard Damyean Dotson drained a pair of free throws. Dotson led the way for the Cougars during their run, posting nine of his game-high 20 points in that stretch.
The Cougars never led by fewer than nine points the rest of the way in taking their second exhibition victory of the season.
The game did not start well for the Cougars, who trailed 10-1 less than three minutes into the game. Houston rallied to tie the game at 13-13, but the Rams answered and enjoyed a 35-22 lead with 6:04 remaining in the first half after Thomas Tshikaya sank a layup.
Angelo State, which finished 25-7 and advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional championship game a year ago, drained 53.8 percent of its first-half shots and limited the Cougars to only 41.7 percent.
Dotson, who competed at nearby Jack Yates High School, connected 5-of-9 shooting from the field, including 7-of-7 from the free throw line and 3-of-4 from the 3-point line.
Junior guard Rob Gray added 15 points with three rebounds and a pair of assists, while sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. chipped in with 11 points and added a game-high four assists. Senior forward Danrad Knowles scored nine points and led the Cougars with eight rebounds.
Angelo State guard Lorenzo Dillard led the Rams with 18 points, while guard Prince Foster totaled 14 points with a team-high eight rebounds. Guard Quay King finished with 13 points in the loss.
Following Wednesday's game, 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., Monday, before facing the winner/loser of Kent State/South Dakota on Tuesday. Houston closes out the regular-season tournament on Nov. 23 at a time to be determined.
From there, Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Cornell at 4 p.m., Nov. 26.
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