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Davis scores 17 points, No. 24 Houston beats Saint Louis

HOUSTON (AP) Corey Davis Jr. broke out of a shooting slump to help Houston improve to 10-0.

Davis hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and had 17 points in No. 24 Houston's 68-64 comeback victory over Saint Louis on Sunday.

Davis was 3 of 5 from 3-point range and hit all six of his free throws. He entered Sunday shooting 8 of 38 on 3-pointers over his last five games.

''When you have good shooters, you want them to keep shooting,'' Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. ''Corey made a 105 3-pointers last year. At the end of the day, everything will even out. ... Corey made some huge ones tonight.''

Armoni Brooks had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Galen Robinson Jr. added 13 for Houston in its 23rd straight at home. Houston's 10-0 start is the second-best in school history, tying the 1967-68 team.

''When we play these teams, we anticipate a close game,'' Sampson said. ''Just because our record says 10-0, we didn't all of a sudden become Duke. We're a team that's going to have to fight, scrap and claw for just about everything that we get.''

Javon Bess had 17 points for Saint Louis (7-3). Tramaine Isabell Jr. added 16, and Jordan Goodwin had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Billikens 37 percent from the field.

St. Louis coach Travis Ford said the difference was Houston's penetration.

''I think we did a pretty good job on the 3-point line, but they had way too many layups,'' Ford said. ''We tried different lineups and different guys on different people and they kept driving us and getting too many putbacks. It puts a lot of pressure on you when they get layup after layup.''

Davis gave Houston a 66-63 lead with the 3-pointer from the left wing. DeJon Jarreau blocked Fred Thatch Jr.'s jumper to start the play, and Fabian White Jr. grabbed the defensive rebound to set up Davis' three.

''Coach Sampson stressed that to me since I got here - just play hard and everything else will fall into place,'' Davis said. ''That's what I did. I think that's why I got that good look, and it went in.''

On the ensuing possession, Bess missed a 3-pointer but got his own rebound, and Goodwin was fouled shooting a 2-pointer with five seconds left. Goodwin made the first and missed the second intentionally, but Bess' jumper off the rebound missed, and Davis got the rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws to ice it.

''Sometimes it just comes down to who makes that one big play,'' Ford said. ''We had opportunities and that's the way the ball bounces sometimes.''

Trailing 60-58 with four minutes remaining, the Billikens reeled off five straight to take a three-point lead on Goodwin's layup with 1:45 remaining. After White's two free throws cut the lead to one, Isabel missed a 3-pointer, and Brooks got the rebound and was fouled, hitting one of two with 1:09 remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Saint Louis: The Billikens are expected to compete for the Atlantic-10 championship. Saint Louis beat Seton Hall and Butler and played Pittsburgh and Houston close now. Saint Louis forced Houston into 14 turnovers while committing just eight of its own.

Houston: For a second straight game, the Cougars had to pull out a win late after beating LSU 82-76 on Wednesday night. ... Houston outrebounded Saint Louis 41-35 and took advantage at the free throw line, hitting 18 of 25. The Cougars got into foul trouble for a second straight game, committing 22 fouls.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After a 2-0 week, Houston should move up in the AP Top 25 rankings and could sneak into the top 20.

UP NEXT

Saint Louis: Hosts North Carolina Central on Wednesday night.

Houston: Hosts Utah State on Thursday night.

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Key Players
J. Bess
3 G
G. Robinson Jr.
25 G
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
10.5 Pts. Per Game 10.5
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
40.7 Field Goal % 47.4
36.4 Three Point % 41.2
80.5 Free Throw % 68.2
+ 1 Corey Davis Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 0.0
+ 1 Corey Davis Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 0.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Goodwin 0.0
  Defensive rebound by Corey Davis Jr. 0.0
  Javon Bess missed jump shot 0.0
  Offensive rebound by Javon Bess 4.0
  Jordan Goodwin missed 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 Jordan Goodwin made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Shooting foul on Dejon Jarreau 4.0
  Offensive rebound by Javon Bess 10.0
  Javon Bess missed 3-pt. jump shot 12.0
Team Stats
Points 64 68
Field Goals 22-60 (36.7%) 22-50 (44.0%)
3-Pointers 6-19 (31.6%) 6-20 (30.0%)
Free Throws 14-23 (60.9%) 18-25 (72.0%)
Total Rebounds 35 41
Offensive 12 10
Defensive 22 30
Team 1 1
Assists 6 10
Steals 7 6
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 8 14
Fouls 20 22
Technicals 1 1
17 PTS, 5 REB
17 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Saint Louis 7-3 273764
home team logo 24 Houston 10-0 293968
Team Stats
away team logo Saint Louis 7-3 66.6 PPG 42.6 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo 24 Houston 10-0 75.3 PPG 44.4 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
3
J. Bess G 15.3 PPG 6.8 RPG 1.8 APG 39.4 FG%
5
C. Davis Jr. G 17.0 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.8 APG 42.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Bess G 17 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
C. Davis Jr. G 17 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
36.7 FG% 44.0
31.6 3PT FG% 30.0
60.9 FT% 72.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bess 17 5 0 6/15 3/8 2/2 3 38 1 0 1 3 2
J. Goodwin 11 10 1 4/13 0/3 3/6 2 39 2 0 1 4 6
H. French 6 8 1 2/5 0/0 2/4 5 28 1 0 0 3 5
D. Foreman 4 2 1 1/5 0/0 2/5 2 23 0 1 0 0 2
F. Thatch Jr. 2 1 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 4 12 1 0 1 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bess 17 5 0 6/15 3/8 2/2 3 38 1 0 1 3 2
J. Goodwin 11 10 1 4/13 0/3 3/6 2 39 2 0 1 4 6
H. French 6 8 1 2/5 0/0 2/4 5 28 1 0 0 3 5
D. Foreman 4 2 1 1/5 0/0 2/5 2 23 0 1 0 0 2
F. Thatch Jr. 2 1 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 4 12 1 0 1 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Isabell 16 4 2 5/12 2/5 4/5 2 29 2 0 3 1 3
C. Gordon 8 4 1 3/5 1/1 1/1 2 28 0 2 2 0 4
D. Jacobs 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Welmer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Raboin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Gudmundsson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hankton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Courtney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 34 6 22/60 6/19 14/23 20 200 7 3 8 12 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Davis Jr. 17 6 2 4/11 3/5 6/6 1 39 1 0 2 3 3
G. Robinson Jr. 13 3 3 6/10 1/1 0/1 4 33 2 0 3 0 3
A. Brooks 13 8 1 5/12 1/7 2/4 2 33 1 0 0 1 7
C. Alley Jr. 5 0 1 2/6 1/5 0/0 1 12 1 0 2 0 0
B. Brady 0 5 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 7 0 0 2 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Davis Jr. 17 6 2 4/11 3/5 6/6 1 39 1 0 2 3 3
G. Robinson Jr. 13 3 3 6/10 1/1 0/1 4 33 2 0 3 0 3
A. Brooks 13 8 1 5/12 1/7 2/4 2 33 1 0 0 1 7
C. Alley Jr. 5 0 1 2/6 1/5 0/0 1 12 1 0 2 0 0
B. Brady 0 5 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 7 0 0 2 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Jarreau 10 3 1 2/5 0/2 6/9 4 14 1 1 2 0 3
F. White Jr. 8 6 1 2/3 0/0 4/5 3 31 0 2 2 3 3
B. Gresham 2 5 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 24 0 2 0 1 4
C. Harris Jr. 0 4 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 1 3
N. Hinton 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
L. Goesling - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gorham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Broodo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. VanBeck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 40 10 22/50 6/20 18/25 22 200 6 5 14 10 30