NCAAB Game Recap - Houston at South Florida
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Kansas
58
WVU
49
F
Lou
58
GaTec
64
F
Crei
87
Seton
82
F
Alab
91
Aub
95
F(OT)
Marq
71
Vill
72
F
Xav
61
Butl
66
F
Hou
62
SoFL
58
F
SCar
75
UGA
59
F
(N/A)
55
Tows
71
F
UConn
75
SMU
79
F
Mercer
70
Woff
68
F
BC
58
Mia-FL
85
F
LoyIL
73
Evans
66
F
Maine
63
UMassL
71
F
Stony
75
Bingha
70
F
UNH
50
Vermt
74
F
GMas
72
VACom
67
F
VMI
67
Chat
86
F
Rut
66
OhSt
72
F
Canis
66
Niag
69
F
WCU
62
UNCG
82
F
Buck
59
Navy
60
F
HolyC
82
Leh
89
F
Rich
74
LaSal
47
F
Albany
60
Hartfo
66
F
Citad
67
ETSU
91
F
Lafy
48
Army
65
F
LoyMD
76
Amer
81
F
Furm
86
Samf
71
F
InWor
60
NWSt
70
F
ECU
56
Tuls
70
F
Temp
72
Tul
68
F
W IL
72
SDak
85
F
NOrl
68
CenAR
73
F
SFA
75
TXAMC
67
F
SIU
38
Valpa
55
F
Drake
62
MOSt
97
F
SamH
79
SeLA
70
F
NebOm
78
Oral
81
F(OT)
IlSt
63
NrthIA
71
F
Lamar
65
Nich
69
F
IndSt
61
Brad
72
F
MidTN
72
UAB
83
F
Fla
78
TexAM
61
F
Prov
69
StJon
80
F
Clem
72
Pitt
52
F
IaSt
61
Okla
90
F
Mich
79
NW
54
F
HBU
67
AbCh
81
F
UCIrv
63
UCRiv
59
F
Fres
84
SJSU
78
F(OT)
Nev
82
UNLV
79
F(OT)
LongB
50
HI
49
F

Feb 12, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(20) Houston (20-5)

31

31

62

South Florida (11-13)

26

32

58

Grimes scores 22, No. 20 Houston holds off USF 62-58
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:21 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Quentin Grimes to the rescue.

Grimes scored nine of his 22 points in the final 3:28 on Wednesday night, helping No. 20 Houston hold off South Florida 62-58 and remain alone atop the American Athletic Conference.

The sophomore guard made six straight free throws and also sank a 3-pointer that gave the first-place Cougars (20-5, 10-2) some breathing room down the stretch in the matchup between the top two defensive teams in the league.

"We're kind of who's going good and let them have it," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "Grimes has had his moments. He's been kind of up and down. He played pretty good against Wichita State the other day. He's had good games, but here recently his confidence is coming along."

Fabian White Jr. scored 10 points for Houston, which led 45-34 before USF rallied to within 53-51. Grimes put the game away with help from DeJon Jarreau, who rebounded his own miss and scored for a 58-53 lead with 21 seconds to go.

"That's our game, every night," Sampson said of Jarreau's putback, one of just two baskets he made all night. "We're not a good shooting team. We haven't been all year. I guess we're kind of used to it."

The Cougars, coming off a 33-point blowout of Wichita State that gave them sole possession of first place in the league, outscored USF 17-2 on second-chance opportunities. They also went 11 for 12 from the foul line, including 10 for 10 after halftime.

"Unfortunately, second-chance points were the difference in the game," USF coach Brian Gregory said.

"Our first stop defense was really good, but either they made the shot or they figured out a way to keep the ball alive and come up with an offensive rebound," Gregory added. "That's the next step for us as a team and as a program - to get to that point where you get that stop, you get that rebound, and then you go down on the other end and execute really well."

Laquincy Rideau led USF (11-13, 4-7) with 21 points. David Collins scored 13, but missed four throws in the final minutes to hinder the bid for an upset.

The victory, combined with a 68-49 win over the Bulls at home on Jan. 26, gave Houston a sweep of the season series between the teams. USF fell to 0-30 against ranked opponents since last beating a Top 25 team in February 2012.

BIG PICTURE

Houston: The Cougars have won eight of nine, with the lone setback during the stretch a two-point loss at Cincinnati on Feb. 1. They won Wednesday night without getting their usual production from Nate Hinton, who averages nearly 11 points and just over nine rebounds per game. The 6-foot-5 guard was scoreless in eight first-half minutes and actually didn't attempt a shot until his 3-pointer put the Cougars up 43-32 with 12 minutes left. Hinton finished with 3 points on 1-for-3 shooting.

South Florida: The Bulls haven't beaten a ranked opponent since upsetting No. 19 Louisville 58-51 on Feb. 29, 2012. Wednesday's loss stopped a three-game winning streak they put together after losing at Houston last month.

MILESTONE

Houston's Kelvin Sampson moved past Alden Pasche as the third-winningest coach in school history behind Guy Lewis (592) and Pat Foster (142). He's 136-57 in six seasons with the Cougars, whose 80 victories over the past three seasons are the fourth most in the nation behind Gonzaga, Virginia and Duke. Pasche was 135-116 from 1946-56.

UP NEXT

Houston: At SMU on Saturday

South Florida: Hosts Tulsa on Saturday.

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Leaders

Houston PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Gresham 0 0 0 1 0 0
Q. Grimes 22 0 5 6 1 0
South Florida PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Rideau 21 0 2 2 2 0
D. Collins 13 0 1 3 2 0

Team Comparison

Hou SoFL
Points For 62 58
Field Goals 22/51-43% 17/43-40%
Three Pointers 7/18-39% 6/19-32%
Free Throws 11/12-92% 18/26-69%
Offensive Rebounds 13 9
Defensive Rebounds 23 17
Rebounds 38 27
Blocks 2 1
Steals 4 5
Turnovers 15 13
Personal Fouls 23 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Hou Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Jan 26 SoFL 49 @ Hou 68 B. Mack 2 J. Gorham 3
Wed Feb 12 Hou 62 @ SoFL 58 C. Mills 2 M. Durr 1

Game Information

Stadium: Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida
Attendance: 4,548
Game Time: