Tulsa couldn’t overcome a double-digit deficit on Saturday and fell 73-64 to the Houston Cougars in American Athletic Conference action at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Houston’s Rob Gray scored a game-high 28 points and Damyeon Dotson added 24 to pace the Cougars, while Corey Henderson led the Hurricane with 19 points, as he connected on 5-of-7 three pointers. Martin’s Igbanu added 10 points for Tulsa, all coming in the first half.
The Cougars had a halftime lead of 36-25, and the closest the Hurricane could get in the second half was six points three times, but Houston would manage to hold-off a Tulsa comeback bid each time.
For the game, the Cougars shot 43 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range, while Tulsa managed to hit 40 percent of its shot from the field and behind the arc. Houston had 18 more field goal attempts than the Hurricane and made four more three-pointers.
The Tulsa bench out-scored the opponent 24-13, as all but five of Tulsa’s bench points came from Henderson.
“I thought Houston played really well tonight. I thought that our guys, when we had a chance there in the second half to win the game, we just couldn’t,” said Tulsa Head Coach Frank Haith. “We weren’t a tough basketball team and we have got to get tougher between now and Tuesday.”
Tulsa played Central Florida on Tuesday night in Orlando.