HOUSTON (AP) - Alton Ford scored 24 points to lead Houston past Tulane 80-67 Saturday night.
Houston (9-19, 6-10 Conference USA) limited the Green Wave to an 8-of-32 (25 percent) performance from the field, which helped the Cougars go into intermission with a 36-20 lead.
Tulane (9-20, 2-14) heated up in the second half - shooting 54 percent from the field - but couldn't complete the comeback.
The Cougars made 53 percent of their field goals in the contest.
Dominic Smith added 15 points for Houston, while George Williams chipped in 14.
Lindon Johnson and Brandon Spann each scored 18 points for Tulane, while Ledaryl Billingsley added 13.