HOUSTON - Trailing in the first two minutes of the game, the University of Houston Men's Basketball erupted on a 20-1 run to seize control on the way to a 105-61 win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday afternoon inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Prairie View A&M held a 6-4 advantage only two minutes into the game. However, that would be the last time that the Panthers would lead.
Junior guard Rob Gray led the Houston run with nine of his game-high 23 points, while freshman guard Armoni Brooks drained a pair of 3-pointers to lead Houston to its sixth victory in its first seven games to open the season.
The Cougars connected on 55.2 percent of their shots from the field, including nearly 58 percent on the way to 58 second-half points. Houston outrebounded the Panthers 50-24 with 19 offensive boards and turned 19 Prairie View A&M turnovers into 31 points.
Gray connected on 7-of-12 shots from the field, including all four 3-point attempts, to record his fourth 20-point game of the season and added seven rebounds with five assists. The Forest City, N.C., native totaled 21 points in the first half, posting the Cougars' highest total in the opening total half since guard Robert McKiver had 27 first-half points on the way to a career-high 52, in a win against Southern Miss on Feb. 27, 2008, inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
Senior guard Damyean Dotson posted 16 points and led all players with 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and the seventh of his career.
Junior forward Devin Davis posted 14 points, while Brooks came off the bench to pour in a career-best 12 points with five rebounds.
Prairie View A&M forward Zachary Hamilton led the Panthers with 15 points and five rebounds, while guard Daquan Cook added 13 points with three 3-pointers.
Following Saturday's game, the Cougars face their second straight SEC opponent on the road when they take on Arkansas at 6 p.m., Tuesday, inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
That game can be seen on SEC Network with Adam Amin and Jon Sunvold calling and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM with Jeremy Branham providing the play-by-play.
From there, the Cougars return to Hofheinz Pavilion to start a four-game homestand. That stand begins at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 against No. 21/25 Rhode Island and continues with UT Rio Grande Valley (4 p.m., Dec. 17), Liberty (7 p.m., Dec. 21) and Harvard (7 p.m., Dec. 23).
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Current University of Houston main campus students are admitted FREE to all Men's Basketball games with valid IDs. Main campus students may purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets to each Men's Basketball game for $8 each, based on availability.
For as low as $80, fans can purchase season tickets to all 16 regular-season game plus two exhibition contests during the final season inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Reserved 2 seating is available for only $130, while fans can enjoy Reserved 1 seating for $225.
Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
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