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UConn Falls to Houston, 75-70

Feb. 22, 2017

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HOUSTON (AP) Damyean Dotson had 25 points and nine rebounds and Houston used a big run to start the second half to rally for a 75-70 win over UConn Wednesday night.

Rob Gray added 16 points for Houston (19-8, 10-5 American), which shot 34 percent. Devin Davis had 11 points, and Kyle Meyer had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars, which hit 9 for 10 from the free throw line in the final minute.

Jalen Adams had 18 points, Vance Jackson added 16 points and Rodney Purvis had 11 points for UConn (14-13, 9-6), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped. The Huskies shot 39 percent but hit 9 of 29 in the second half.

Trailing by five, UConn coach Kevin Ollie earned a technical with 50 seconds left. Dotson hit the two free throws to push the lead to seven.

The Huskies could get no closer than five the rest of the way.

Houston opened the second half on a 25-6 run and took its first lead at 44-43 on a Gray layup with 14 minutes left. The Cougars opened it up to 54-45 on two Bertrand Nkali free throws with 9:52 remaining. Gray and Dotson each had seven in the run.

UConn, which led 39-29 at the half, started the second half 2 for 16, including 0 for 6 on 3's, with five turnovers.

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies shot 47 percent in the first half and hit 9 of 11 from the line, but settled for outside shots when Houston went on its run to start the second half. UConn was outrebounded 25-17 in the second half after controlling the boards 23-17 in the first.

Houston: The Cougars swept the season series from UConn and broke a tie for third place in the American with the Huskies. Houston, which still is looking for a marquee win this season, committed five turnovers and shot 25 of 29 from the free throw line.

UP NEXT

UConn: The Huskies host No. 17 SMU on Saturday before traveling to East Carolina Mar. 1 and finishing the regular season home against No. 15 Cincinnati Mar. 5.

Houston: The Cougars travel to Memphis Sunday and No. 15 Cincinnati on Mar. 2 before finishing the regular season at home Mar. 5 against East Carolina.


 

 

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