NCAAB Game Recap - Tulsa at Houston
Wed Jan 2, 2019 8:00 PM EST

Okla
63
Kansas
70
F
UtSt
49
Nev
72
F
NW
55
MSU
81
F
TxTch
62
WVU
59
F
Harv
57
UNC
77
F
Tuls
56
Hou
74
F
Nebras
72
MD
74
F
HuTil
65
PVAM
81
F
Presb
72
SCSt
70
F
Tul
61
Cin
93
F
NOrl
58
AbCh
68
F
Seton
80
Xav
70
F
Temp
73
UCF
78
F
Buck
64
Army
63
F
Colum
65
Bingha
63
F
Dart
59
Vermt
73
F
Lafy
83
Leh
86
F
Allen
48
Campbl
95
F
GTown
84
Butl
76
F
Maine
67
Brown
75
F
Boston
74
Amer
86
F
Drake
77
Evans
82
F(2OT)
(N/A)
60
HiPt
101
F
KennSt
65
Yale
92
F
Corn
61
Wake
83
F
(N/A)
76
NFla
104
F
SeLA
60
SFA
65
F
Nich
78
NWSt
72
F
USC-Up
63
GaTec
79
F
McNee
88
InWor
77
F
ECU
54
SMU
82
F
Lamar
82
HBU
88
F(OT)
NDSt
77
NebOm
90
F
CenAR
75
TXAMC
87
F
IlSt
56
Valpa
58
F
MOSt
70
SIU
75
F
NrthIA
65
Brad
47
F
UConn
68
SoFL
76
F
DeP
68
Vill
73
F
Bois
69
Wyo
55
F
IaSt
69
OkSt
63
F
Tex
67
KansSt
47
F
SDak
71
Denv
70
F
NM
65
AF
58
F
IndSt
44
LoyIL
79
F
(N/A)
47
UCSB
109
F
Fres
73
SJSU
53
F
ColSt
76
UNLV
78
F

Houston 74, Tulsa 56

Jan 2, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Tulsa (10-4)

25

31

56

(19) Houston (14-0)

36

38

74

Davis scores 21 points, No. 19 Houston beats Tulsa 74-56
Wed Jan 2, 2019 11:11 PM

HOUSTON (AP) Houston started conference play Wednesday night the same way it ended nonconference play - winning with defense and rebounding

Corey Davis Jr. scored 21 points and hit six 3-pointers and No. 19 Houston remained undefeated, beating Tulsa 74-56 in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Houston (14-0) extended the longest home winning streak in the nation to 27 games.

Nate Hinton added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Galen Robinson Jr. had 10 points.

"I really tried to look at it as another game but raise the expectations because every game counts," Hinton said of the start of conference play. "Nonconference record means something, but at the end of the day, it really doesn't mean as much as the conference."

The Cougars shot only 37 percent, but outrebounded Tulsa 52-40, including 16-9 on the offensive glass, and had an 18-7 edge in second-chance points.

"We put so much emphasis on defense and rebounding and having a defined way we are going to win the game," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "Our kids when they walk out of that locker room and onto the court, whether it's at practice or games, they have a clear idea of how we are going to win. Everything with us starts with defense."

Martins Igbanu had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Daquan Jeffries added 10 points and six rebounds for Tulsa (10-4). The Golden Hurricane shot 31 percent from the field, and had their five-game winning streak snapped. Tulsa shot 17 of 28 from the free throw line.

"We knew it would be tough, but you are not going to win a game against a quality opponent like Houston on the road when you miss 11 free throws and give up 16 offensive rebounds," Tulsa coach Frank Haith said. "We knew the rebounding was going to be an issue - they're plus-8 (in rebounding differential) on the year - but we didn't do a good job there. Their physicality affected us."

Houston missed its first 10 field goals before Robinson's two free throws and a layup by Brison Gresham with 14 minutes left in the first half cut Tulsa's lead to 6-4. The Cougars heated up from there, opening a 26-16 lead on Armoni Brooks' 3-pointer that capped a 10-2 run. Houston led 36-25 at the half, making 11 of its last 24 shots.

Sampson said he had no problem with the Cougars' offense.

"We started the game 0 for 10, and I didn't have a problem with any of those shots," Sampson said of the slow start. "They were all good looks. ... If we started the game over again right now, I'd take the same shots."

Tulsa could never get closer than nine in the second half, with Houston putting it out of reach with a 15-6, capped by DeJon Jarreau's layup with 6 1/2 minutes left that upped it to 63-45. Davis had six to lead the run.

HOLGORSEN IN THE HOUSE

New Houston football coach Dana Holgorsen sat courtside next to Tilman Fertitta, the Houston Rockets owner and University of Houston system Board of Regents chairman, and University of Houston President Renu Khator. Holgorsen, who will be formally introduced as the head coach Thursday, signed two footballs, throwing one into the student section.

BIG PICTURE

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane had a chance to open a large lead early, but they hit two of their first eight field goals and allowed Houston to hang around. Tulsa shot 5 of 18 on 3-pointers. The Golden Hurricane had no points off 10 Houston turnovers.

Houston: The Cougars had another slow start, their fourth in the last five games, but the defense continues to keep them in games until the offense picks up. Houston forced 12 turnovers, turning them into 12 points. Houston had 18 assists on 25 field goals.

UP NEXT

Tulsa: Hosts South Florida on Saturday.

Houston: Hosts Memphis on Sunday.

Leaders

Tulsa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Scott 0 0 1 0 0 0
D. Jackson 0 0 1 0 0 0
Houston PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Harris Jr. 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Alley Jr. 0 0 0 1 1 0

Team Comparison

Tuls Hou
Points For 56 74
Field Goals 17/55-31% 25/70-36%
Three Pointers 5/18-28% 10/30-33%
Free Throws 17/28-61% 14/16-88%
Offensive Rebounds 9 16
Defensive Rebounds 31 36
Rebounds 45 55
Blocks 2 2
Steals 2 7
Turnovers 12 10
Personal Fouls 13 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - Hou Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 2 Tuls 56 @ Hou 74 S. Falokun 1 B. Gresham 2

Game Information

Stadium: Fertitta Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 6,420
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