Both Cougars were named to the Preseason All-American Athletic Conference teams in October and showed the reasons for the honor as Houston posted its seventh straight home win dating back to last season.
Dotson drained four 3-pointers and led all players with 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double, fourth of the season and 10th of his career.
Gray connected on 9-of-15 shots from the field with four treys of his own and added four assists for his team-leading seventh 20-point effort of the 2016-17 season.
Liberty used a long-range attack in the first half to stay even with the Cougars and built a 27-25 lead when Ryan Kemrite drained a trey with 5:34 left in the opening period. The Flames connected on 57.1 percent of their 21 shots in the first half, including 8-of-12 from behind the arc.
The Cougars took a 35-34 lead into the locker room at the break, but the Flames continued to threaten and held a 44-43 lead when Kemrite sank a pair of free throws with 16:24 remaining.
However, Houston closed out the first meeting against Liberty on an impressive 34-10 run over the final 16 minutes. After Liberty moved to within 56-52 with just under 11 minutes remaining, the Cougars broke the game open with a 16-0 run and never looked back.
Junior guard Wes VanBeck scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers with five rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals, while senior forward Danrad Knowles totaled 10 points with four rebounds and a pair of blocks. Sophomore point guard Galen Robinson Jr. added five points with four rebounds, six assists and no turnovers while playing all but two minutes.
The Cougars drained nearly 51 percent of their 55 shots and outscored the Flames 15-2 off turnovers after committing only seven giveaways. Houston also outrebounded Liberty 31-22, giving up only one offensive rebound.
Kemrite led Liberty with 15 points, while guard Lovell Cabbil added 14 points with three 3-pointers and a team-high seven rebounds. Forward Brock Gardner added 10 points with three rebounds and a pair of assists in the loss.
Following Wednesday's game, Cougars wrap up their season-long homestand when they play host to Harvard at 7 p.m., Friday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Cougars do not leave the city limits again until opening American Athletic Conference play on Dec. 28 against UConn in Hartford, Conn.
$5 Tickets - For the Cougars' remaining home game in December against Harvard on Friday, adults can purchase tickets for only $5. Kids 12 years old and younger receive one free admission with each paid adult admission.
Hofheinz Pavilion Christmas tree ornaments to first 500 fans in attendance
- Student Combo - Hot dog, popcorn and drink for only $8
- Holiday Eats - $4 beer, $3 soda, $2 hot dog and $ 1 popcorn
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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.
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Single game tickets begin at only $12 for American Athletic Conference games and $10 for non-conference games.
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