LAS VEGAS - University of Houston freshman point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., scored a career-high 18 points, but it would not be enough as Grand Canyon took a 78-69 win over the Cougars on Monday evening inside Cox Pavilion during the Global Sports Classic Third Round.
Robinson connected on 7-of-10 shots from the field, including 2-of-3 from the 3-point line and dished out three assists with a pair of rebounds. His scoring total topped his previous best of 17 against Florida A&M on Nov. 21.
The Cougars built a 38-33 lead at halftime after hitting half of their 28 shots from the field. However, the Antelopes connected on nearly 54 percent of their 26 shots in the second half and limited Houston to only 31.4 percent during the final 20 minutes to earn the win in the first meeting between the two programs.
Returning after sitting out with an injury in Saturday's win against Eastern Illinois, sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., posted 17 points with a pair of assists.
With the loss, the Cougars dropped to 8-2, while Grand Canyon improved to 10-2. Houston will face Wyoming at 7 p.m. (CST) Tuesday in the Global Sports Classic Championship Round inside Cox Pavilion. The Cowboys dropped a 90-82 decision to Marshall on Monday evening.
Houston built as much as a 45-36 lead early in the second half when Gray buried a 3-pointer with 16:37 remaining in the game. However, Grand Canyon went on a 14-2 run over the next five minutes for a 50-47 lead.
The Cougars rallied and grabbed a 57-55 lead when Robinson drained a trey with 5:41 left. Unfortunately, the Antelopes drained 3-pointers on their next three possessions, including two from Joshua Braun, and took advantage of three missed Houston shots to claim the lead for good.
The Cougars moved to within 70-65 with 1:43 left, but Grand Canyon sank all six of their free throw attempts to ice the win.
GCU's DeWayne Russell led all scorers with 20 points and added three rebounds and a game-high six assists. Braun finished with 13 points, while Grandy Glaze totaled 10 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals.
Following Tuesday's game against Wyoming, Houston returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Nicholls State at 1 p.m., Monday, in its final non-conference game of the season.
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