ESTERO, Fla. - University of Houston sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. did a little of everything to lead the Cougars in an 85-58 win over South Dakota on Tuesday night in the Gulf Coast Showcase semifinals inside Germain Arena.
Robinson, who was a 2015-16 American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team selection, finished with nine points, a career-high nine rebounds and eight assists in the first meeting against the Coyotes. Playing all but four minutes in the game, the Houston native and Westbury Christian product committed only one turnover while hitting 3-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 3-0 for the 19th time in school history. However, the 2016-17 Cougars became the first team in school history to win their first three games of the season by 27+ points in each contest.
The Cougars jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the eight-and-a-half minutes and never led by fewer than five points the rest of the way.
After leading 39-30 at the halftime break, the Cougars continued to pull away from South Dakota in the second half and built as much as a 28-point advantage.
Houston forced 12 South Dakota turnovers and limited the Coyotes to 37.3 percent from the field, including 30.4 percent in the second half. The Cougars also outrebounded South Dakota 38-30 with 11 offensive boards.
Senior guard Damyean Dotson, who was a Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First-Team pick, led all players with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-8 from the behind the arc. Senior forward Danrad Knowles totaled 16 points with five rebounds, and junior guard Rob Gray, a Preseason All-Conference Second-Team selection, totaled 14 points with three assists.
Junior guard Wes VanBeck came off the bench to post 10 points with two 3-pointers.
Matt Mooney and Tyler Flack each led South Dakota with 13 points apiece, while Trey Burch-Manning totaled 10 points.
With Tuesday's win, the Cougars face Vermont in the Gulf Coast Showcase championship game. The Catamounts were an 87-73 winner over Hofstra earlier Tuesday in the first semifinal game.
Houston has not captured a regular-tournament title since winning the Disneyland Freedom Bowl Classic championship on Dec. 6-7 1991, in Irvine, Calif.
Following the Gulf Coast Showcase, Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Cornell at 4 p.m., Saturday.
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