NCAAB Game Recap - Connecticut at Houston
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:00 PM EST

MSU
63
Ind
67
F
USC
70
Oreg
79
F(2OT)
WaSt
56
Colora
78
F
UConn
59
Hou
63
F
Radf
67
UNCA
80
F
Minn
62
OhSt
59
F
Del
73
Hof
71
F
Lib
70
NFla
71
F
Belm
75
Murr
85
F
Merrim
58
Bry
79
F
FaDi
71
(N/A)
74
F(2OT)
N AL
78
KennSt
58
F
GWebb
79
HiPt
76
F(OT)
Campbl
74
Hamp
83
F
WIMil
75
YSU
73
F(OT)
JMU
75
W&M
88
F
USC-Up
53
Winth
79
F
NJIT
64
Stetsn
65
F
RobM
57
StFNY
78
F
IL-C
80
Oakl
50
F
Drex
52
NE
85
F
FlAtl
68
Charl
70
F
StFPA
81
LIU
86
F
FlInt
83
OlDom
80
F
Tows
72
Elon
61
F
IUPUI
64
Detr
76
F
WIGB
78
Clev
74
F
SacHr
82
CenCT
54
F
LaTec
80
MidTN
73
F
Jacksn
89
Lipsco
85
F(OT)
Presb
66
ChaSo
74
F
IPFW
60
SDak
83
F
SthAL
71
ArkSt
75
F
Wash
66
Utah
67
F
W IL
82
NebOm
87
F(OT)
Denv
71
N DA
78
F
UTEP
72
Rice
64
F
TexSA
78
N TX
98
F
SoMis
84
UAB
77
F
TN-M
83
E IL
95
F
Valpa
60
MOSt
67
F
E KY
81
JacSt
77
F
MTSt
62
Web
61
F
Mont
77
IdaSt
74
F
Seatt
77
GrCan
80
F
SEMO
65
SIU-E
84
F
MorSt
59
TNTec
71
F
TNSt
74
APSU
99
F
CAPoly
64
UCRiv
97
F
UtVal
57
CSBak
58
F(OT)
Pepp
90
SCla
86
F(OT)
BYU
74
Pacif
60
F
Portl
65
LoyMa
77
F
PorSt
55
Sac
66
F
USF
48
StMar
58
F
UCLA
62
OrSt
58
F

Jan 23, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Connecticut (10-8)

30

29

59

(25) Houston (15-4)

25

38

63

Jarreau, Mills lead No. 25 Houston past UConn 63-59
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:42 AM

HOUSTON (AP) Houston found a way to win, even without its best stuff.

DeJon Jarreau had 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Caleb Mills scored 20 points and No. 25 Houston beat UConn 63-59 on Thursday night.

"Sometimes when you don't have your best stuff, and you're in a fight like that, you have to find a way to win," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "That's where your culture comes, where how you practice every day comes in. Your preparation."

Jarreau and Mills combined for the final 19 points, including 12 free throws, as Houston overcame a six-point deficit in the final 5:15. The duo combined to score the last 28 points for Houston over the final 11:41.

"I wanted to make a shot, but I knew if I didn't, we would get the rebound," Mills said. "It wasn't a lot of pressure on my side."

Houston (15-4, 5-1 American Athletic Conference) won its third straight despite shooting 36% from the floor. Houston was 25 of 34 from the free throw line in a foul-filled game.

"You're going to have games like this if you play 30-something games," Sampson said. "We had a game like this early in the year against BYU and found a way to lose it. This one tonight, we found a way to win it."

Christian Vital scored 14 points, and Isaiah Whaley added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (10-8, 1-4), who lost their third straight. UConn shot 36%, including 4 of 16 from 3-point range. UConn was 15 of 23 from the line.

UConn coach Dan Hurley said it was a tough loss.

"We played so hard," Hurley said. "We are developing an identity of grittiness and resilience and defensive mentality. A team toughness that right now is the one thing we can control.

"Offensively, we struggled at the foul line a little bit, costly late game turnovers where we just put ourselves in bad spots. Then a couple of those finishes at the rim late, they made extraordinary blocks on. They just made some great plays."

Trailing 50-44 with 5:15 left, Houston went on an 17-5 run and took a 61-55 lead on two free throws by Mills with 12 seconds left.

Jalen Gaffney made a layup and two free throws after Jarreau was whistled for a technical, closing within 61-59 with seven seconds left. Temi Aiyegbusi missed a jumper with five seconds remaining, and Mills grabbed the rebound and sealed the win with two free throws with two seconds left.

"We were trying to get Temi into that opposite corner and just hope that they would take that fourth defender and occupy him, but they did a great job of using those four guys to take away the three guys we had in action," Hurley said. "They're smart. They didn't play Temi and funneled the ball his way."

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies fell to 1-4 against ranked teams, including losses in their last three games.

Houston: The Cougars had their third-lowest scoring half of the season with 25 first-half points. Houston won the rebounding battle 42-33 and had just one second-chance point.

FOUL TROUBLE

Houston and UConn combined for 54 fouls, including 23 fouls in the first half. The UConn bench was whistled for a technical foul with 11:13 left in the second half. Gresham was also whistled for a technical foul, along with James Bouknight, with 5:56 left in the game.

"You can't get personal as easy as it is to react," Sampson said of Jarreau's technical foul. "We didn't curse back, but he didn't see the initiator, he saw the second guy. In defense of the refs, that's a hard game for the referees, as is most of our games."

UP NEXT

UConn: Hosts Tulsa on Sunday.

Houston: Hosts South Florida on Sunday.

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Leaders

Connecticut PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Carlton 0 0 1 3 0 0
T. Aiyegbusi 0 0 0 0 0 0
Houston PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Gorham 0 0 0 1 0 0
M. Sasser 0 0 1 3 0 0

Team Comparison

UConn Hou
Points For 59 63
Field Goals 20/55-36% 17/47-36%
Three Pointers 4/16-25% 4/12-33%
Free Throws 15/23-65% 25/34-74%
Offensive Rebounds 7 9
Defensive Rebounds 26 33
Rebounds 38 42
Blocks 1 5
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 15 19
Personal Fouls 29 24
Technical Fouls 2 2
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Hou Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Jan 23 UConn 59 @ Hou 63 B. Adams 2 C. Alley Jr. 2

Game Information

Stadium: Fertitta Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 7,035
Game Time: