NCAAB Game Recap - Tulsa at Houston
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Duke
66
NCSU
88
F
Syr
66
Lou
90
F
Vill
91
DeP
71
F
Aub
55
UGA
65
F
Butl
72
Seton
74
F
Tuls
43
Hou
76
F
Samf
66
Mercer
106
F
Furm
66
ETSU
75
F
UCF
89
Cin
87
F(2OT)
ECU
73
Mem
77
F
TexAM
74
Alab
68
F
VMI
74
WCU
71
F
GaTec
86
Wake
79
F
Iona
64
Sien
65
F
Mich
60
Rut
52
F
GMas
50
Rich
65
F
Woff
79
UNCG
83
F(OT)
Army
77
LoyMD
81
F
Boston
59
Lafy
61
F
Chat
91
Citad
68
F
Leh
67
Colg
70
F
Navy
62
Amer
71
F
CenAR
68
SFA
83
F
Lamar
77
SamH
65
F
Nich
73
NWSt
69
F
SMU
72
Tul
80
F
ULMo
66
ArkSt
52
F
NDSt
77
SDak
74
F
BC
65
UVA
78
F
McNee
59
InWor
65
F
SDSt
94
N DA
83
F
TCU
56
Tex
70
F
CBap
63
UMKC
69
F
IlSt
69
LoyIL
84
F
Valpa
75
Drake
77
F(OT)
MOSt
79
Brad
83
F(OT)
Ford
49
LaSal
58
F
GrgWas
70
Duques
67
F
AbCh
82
HBU
68
F
Prov
73
GTown
63
F
KansSt
62
TxTch
69
F
Wyo
58
UtSt
78
F
SCar
76
MisSt
79
F
Ind
68
Minn
56
F
Mia-FL
102
VaTec
95
F(3OT)
Cal
66
WaSt
57
F
Bois
80
SJSU
62
F
AF
62
Fres
71
F
LongB
55
UCIrv
70
F

Houston 76, Tulsa 43

Feb 19, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Tulsa (17-9)

20

23

43

(22) Houston (21-6)

26

50

76

Mills scores 27, No. 22 Houston beats Tulsa, 76-43
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:26 AM

HOUSTON (AP) Caleb Mills came to life at the right time, sparking a huge second half by Houston.

Mills scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half to lead No. 22 Houston to a 76-43 win over Tulsa on Wednesday night.

"I came into the game, and I didn't want to settle for three's because it's been off," said Mills, who made 9 of his 16 shot, including five 3-pointers. "I started getting my shots, and it started coming to me."

Mills, who is a redshirt freshman, had scored 10 points combined over his previous two games on 3 of 21 shooting and 0 for 8 on 3-pointers.

"Freshman hit that wall a little bit," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "They haven't played basketball this long, this intense, this many games. The youngster over here (Mills) was hitting that wall a little bit. He struggled here lately. I told him at shootaround, he needed to start mixing some makes with his misses."

Nate Hinton added 15 points for Houston (21-6, 11-3 American), which shot 41%.

The Cougars moved into sole possession of first place in the American with the win combined with Cincinnati's loss to Central Florida on Wednesday. The Cougars rebounded after losing to SMU, 73-72, in overtime on Saturday and avenged a 63-61 loss at Tulsa on Jan. 11.

Martins Igbanu had 15 points, and Jeriah Horne added 12 points and seven rebounds for Tulsa (17-9, 9-4). The Golden Hurricane shot 35% but were 4 of 20 on 3-pointers.

"We didn't shoot the ball well," Tulsa coach Frank Haith said. "We didn't make shots when we needed to, and we had the chance. We had some good looks. You got to give Houston credit. They started making shots and got going. That freshman kid, Mills, is really good."

Houston opened the second half by outscoring Tulsa, 30-8, to take a 56-28 lead with 11 1/2 minutes remaining behind Mills, who scored 20 points in the run.

"At halftime, we tweaked one thing with Caleb, making him a baseline runner," Sampson said. "We told him to attack."

With just under 13 minutes remaining in the game, Tulsa's frustrations and tensions between the two teams heated up.

Haith was ejected with 12:50 left in the second half after receiving two technical fouls within two seconds.

After Igbanu was called for traveling on the ensuing possession, Igbanu shoved his shoulder into Fabian White Jr, who fell to the ground. The two teams had to be separated, and Igbanu and White were issued technical fouls on the play, while Elijah Joiner was ejected for an unsportsmanlike flagrant two technical foul for running up on to the play and needing to be held back by the official.

BIG PICTURE

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane has lost five straight to the Cougars in Houston, with their last win coming on Feb. 5, 2015. . Tulsa fell to 2-1 against ranked teams this season, with wins over Wichita State and Memphis coming at home. Tulsa last beat a ranked opponent on the road on Feb. 10, 2016 when it won at SMU.

Houston: The Cougars improved to 12-2 at home this season and have won eight straight at home. . Houston forced Tulsa in 16 turnovers and converted it into 18 points. . The Cougars are 6-0 this season after a loss and 16-0 after a loss over the last three seasons.

GRIMES INJURED

Houston guard Quentin Grimes left the game with 11:42 left in the first half and limped to the locker room. Grimes did not return. He is Houston's second leading scorer at 12.3 points per game entering Wednesday.

"I do know that it is on his pelvis," Sampson said. "The ball, the covering that goes over the top of it. He fell on top of that and hurt himself. I don't have any other update."

UP NEXT

Tulsa hosts SMU on Saturday.

Houston travels to Memphis on Saturday.

Leaders

Tulsa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Rachal 0 0 1 4 0 0
E. Ugboh 0 0 0 2 0 0
Houston PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Harris Jr. 0 0 0 4 1 2
Q. Grimes 0 0 1 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Tuls Hou
Points For 43 76
Field Goals 16/46-35% 23/56-41%
Three Pointers 4/20-20% 9/27-33%
Free Throws 7/19-37% 21/24-88%
Offensive Rebounds 9 13
Defensive Rebounds 20 26
Rebounds 35 40
Blocks 1 5
Steals 3 5
Turnovers 16 9
Personal Fouls 19 19
Technical Fouls 3 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 11 Hou 61 @ Tuls 63 C. Harris Jr. 2 E. Joiner 2
Wed Feb 19 Tuls 43 @ Hou 76 J. Earley 2 J. Gorham 2

Game Information

Stadium: Fertitta Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 6,732
Game Time: