NCAAB Game Recap - Cincinnati at Houston
Sun Mar 1, 2020 1:00 PM EST

Crei
71
StJon
91
F
VaTec
52
Lou
68
F
Mich
63
OhSt
77
F
Colora
64
Stan
72
F
Cin
55
Hou
68
F
SoFL
64
Temp
58
F
FlAtl
80
OlDom
85
F(OT)
W Ky
72
N TX
78
F(OT)
FlInt
67
Charl
52
F
Xav
66
GTown
63
F
Ind
66
Ill
67
F
Maris
52
Quin
71
F
StLou
72
URI
62
F
Manh
60
Monm
80
F
Rider
65
Fairf
51
F
UAB
59
TexSA
66
F
MidTN
66
Rice
77
F
SoMis
56
UTEP
75
F
WichSt
66
SMU
62
F
Tows
75
NE
72
F
NW
81
Nebras
76
F(OT)
Minn
69
Wisc
71
F

Mar 1, 2020, 1:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Cincinnati (18-10)

31

24

55

(25) Houston (22-7)

38

30

68

No. 25 Houston beats Cincinnati, moves into 1st in AAC
Sun Mar 1, 2020 4:41 PM

HOUSTON (AP) Houston overcame poor shooting with a solid defensive effort to earn a big win.

Marcus Sasser scored 21 points, Nate Hinton had 16 and No. 25 Houston beat Cincinnati 68-55 on Sunday.

Sasser, who scored 12 points in the second half, shot 8 of 16, including 5 of 12 on 3-pointers. Caleb Mills added 15 points for Houston (22-7, 12-4 American Athletic Conference).

"We needed somebody to step up," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "We were getting good shots; we were getting good looks. At some point, we needed to reward ourselves for what we were doing. We were doing just about everything right."

Houston shot 36%, including a 2-for-19 stretch to end the first half and start the second half.

"To win by shooting 36% with 22 offensive rebounds, I'd rather shoot 55% with 10 offensive rebounds," Sampson said. "Our kids have learned how to win without making shots. That's something we preach from day one."

The Cougars moved into a tie atop the American with Tulsa, one game ahead of Cincinnati (18-10, 11-5).

"We knew this was a game we needed to win," said Houston center Chris Harris Jr., who had 11 rebounds and four blocks. "We just came out and handled business. That could have really been the difference in our season. That was a must-win game."

Tre Scott had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Jarron Cumberland added 11 points for the Bearcats, who shot 35% but made just 6 of 25 in the second half.

"We just got to take good shots," Scott said. "We have to take smart shots. We have to be aggressive. They did a good job defensively I guess if we shot 24% from the field (in the second half). At the end of the day, we all should be disappointed, especially in the first half, with how we rebounded the ball."

Cincinnati coach John Brannen pointed to Houston's 22-9 edge in offensive rebounds.

"That was the game," Brannen said. "Fourteen more shots at halftime, 20-plus more shots in the game. It's an easy numbers game when you shoot that many (more) shots than your opponent, you're going to win the game."

Houston ended the first half with a 13-1 run behind four points apiece by Mills and Hinton to take a 38-31 lead into halftime. Mills had 12 points at the half.

After the Bearcats closed within 54-49 on a layup by Zach Harvey with seven minutes remaining, Houston answered with a 14-2 run over the next five minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Cincinnati: The Bearcats missed a chance to help their NCAA Tournament resume. Cincinnati beat Houston 64-62 at home on Feb. 1. ... Cincinnati fell to 2-3 this season against ranked opponents.

Houston: The Cougars improved to 7-0 this season after a loss. ... Houston held a 13-3 advantage in second-chance points.

BRANNEN COACHES AFTER FATHER'S DEATH

Brannen coached a day after the death of his father, also named John Brannen. He said on Twitter that his father died of ALS and dementia. Houston held a moment of silence before the game in memory of the elder John Brannen.

"It was a classy act," Brannen said. "I was notified before the game. Kelvin reached out to me the day before, sent me a text. Classy organization. Kelvin is a well-respected coach in his profession. You can see why. I was certainly very appreciative, very thankful. It's been an extremely emotional 24 hours."

SAMPSON, BRANNEN GET TECHNICALS

Brannen and Sampson were both issued technical fouls. Brannen got his technical foul with two minutes left in the first half after an offensive foul by Chris Vogt. Brannen had to be restrained by his assistant coaches after officials called the technical. Sampson got a technical with nine minutes remaining in the second half after arguing an offensive foul.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: At South Florida on Tuesday.

Houston: Visits UConn on Thursday.

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Leaders

Cincinnati PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. McNeal 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Scott 17 0 3 11 0 0
Houston PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Gorham 0 0 0 3 0 1
C. Alley Jr. 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Cin Hou
Points For 55 68
Field Goals 15/43-35% 24/66-36%
Three Pointers 5/18-28% 8/25-32%
Free Throws 20/28-71% 12/18-67%
Offensive Rebounds 9 22
Defensive Rebounds 23 21
Rebounds 35 44
Blocks 2 7
Steals 5 8
Turnovers 14 11
Personal Fouls 18 20
Technical Fouls 1 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Feb 1 Hou 62 @ Cin 64 F. White 2 M. Adams-Woods 2
Sun Mar 1 Cin 55 @ Hou 68 J. Cumberland 2 C. Harris Jr. 2

Game Information

Stadium: Fertitta Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 7,096
Game Time: