HOUSTON - With double-doubles from senior Devin Davis and freshman Fabian White Jr., the University of Houston Men's Basketball program cruised to a 97-58 win over UIW on Saturday night inside H&PE Arena in a game presented by Maintenance Supply Headquarters.
The 39-point win marked the sixth win of at least 30 points during the last three seasons and the fifth-largest winning margin in the Kelvin Sampson era.
White scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and led all players with 12 rebounds for the first double-double of his career. Davis totaled 10 points with 10 rebounds for his second double-double in 2017-18 and the third of his career.
The two were part of six Cougars to score in double digits led by seniors Rob Gray and Wes VanBeck who each accounted for 16 points. Davis chipped in 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds while White had 14 points and 12 boards.
It was the first time the Cougars had six double-digit scorers since TaShawn Thomas (22), Jherrod Stiggers (17), Joseph Young (14), Danuel House (12), Brandon Morris (10) and Leon Gibson (10) accomplished the feat in a 106-59 win against Louisiana College on Nov. 19, 2010.
The Cougars connected on 52.9 percent (36-of-68) of their shots from the field and limited the Cardinals to only 32.3 percent (20-of-62), including 22.2 percent (8-of-36) in the second half. Houston also forced 22 UIW giveaways, leading to 33 points, and outrebounded the Cardinals 46-35.
The game was close early with the Cougars holding a 25-22 after Simi Socks drained a jumper with 9:43 left in the first half. However, Houston erupted and closed out the first half on a 19-8 run to take a 44-30 lead in the locker room at the break.
UIW would not get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Socks posted 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting to lead UIW while Christian Peevy added 10 points with a team-high nine rebounds. Keaton Hervey also added 10 points in the loss.
The Cougars continue their season-long, four-game homestand when they play host to New Orleans at 7 p.m., Wednesday, inside H&PE Arena. It will be the first meeting against the Privateers since Dec. 16, 2004.
Following the New Orleans game, the Cougars continue their stand when they play host to Arkansas (6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2) and Fairfield (11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6).
Fans should note the starting time for the Dec. 6 Fairfield game was recently moved up to 11 a.m., from earlier published schedules. The time was changed as part of Education Day with Houston Men's Basketball as the Cougars will compete in front of students from area Houston ISD schools.
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