Dec. 31, 2016
Houston (11-3, 2-0 American Athletic) led 38-34 at halftime, and Troy Holston's jumper with 16:33 to go brought the Bulls to within 42-40. Gray responded with a 3, and Wes VanBeck made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to seven.
The Cougars then went on a 12-1 run in which Dotson had a 3, a layup and a dunk and the score was 59-41. South Florida (6-7, 0-2) was never able to bring the deficit to within single digits.
Houston got its first lead of the game at 33-32 on Gray's layup with 2:37 before halftime.
VanBeck added 11 points for the Cougars.
Holston led the Bulls with 16 points, Malik Fitts finished with 12 points and six rebounds and Tulio Da Silva added 10 points and five boards.
Following Saturday's game, Cougars returns to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion with back-to-back home games against American Athletic Conference rivals.
Homestand begins against Tulsa at 8 p.m., Wednesday and continues against No. 23/23 Cincinnati at 8 p.m., Saturday.
ALL Houston-area high school students are invited to claim a FREE ticket to the Jan. 7 game against No. 23/23 Cincinnati. Students should visit uhcougars.com/highschool to claim their tickets.
Cougars hit the road again to play at East Carolina (5 p.m. CST, Jan. 11) and at UCF (3 p.m. CST, Jan. 14).
Season tickets, single-game tickets, mini-plans and group ticket packages are available to accommodate all budgets. Fans can visit uhcougars.com/tickets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and follow the appropriate links or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) to order tickets.
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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