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Davis, Jarreau lead No. 22 Houston over NJIT 80-59

HOUSTON (AP) Houston finished off its best nonconference season in school history with a strong second half Saturday.

Corey Davis Jr. scored 19 points, DeJon Jarreau had 13 and No. 22 Houston beat NJIT 80-59 to remain undefeated.

Brison Gresham had 11 points and seven rebounds and Armoni Brooks had 10 points for Houston (13-0), which shot 50 percent overall and 63 percent in the second half.

Houston has won a nation-best 26 straight home games and set a school record for best nonconference record. The Cougars have the second-best start since 1967-68 team started 31-0.

''Being 13-0 is tremendous, but last time I checked, they don't hand out any medals for being undefeated in nonconference play,'' coach Kelvin Sampson said. ''We never talk about it. ... We just talk about our next game.''

Zach Cooks scored 20 points and Shyquan Gibbs and Diandre Wilson each added 10 for the Highlanders (11-3), who shot 33 percent from the field, including 9 of 30 on 3-pointers.

''I thought we played well for the first 15 minutes of the game, and then from that point on, all the credit in the world goes to the University of Houston and coach Sampson's team,'' NJIT coach Brian Kennedy said. ''They wore us down defensively. They were able to use their size and their bench. ... Once the momentum started their way, we couldn't stop the ball rolling.''

The Cougars opened the second half with a 24-6 run to lead 51-29. That included five straight points by Davis, capped by a fast-break layup with 11:14 remaining.

''I thought we took a step forward in the second half offensively,'' Sampson said. ''Guys loosened up and made shots.''

Houston started slowly, falling behind 18-8 on a Cooks' 3-pointer with 12 minutes remaining in the first half.

''I think we were playing well and a couple of those 3s went in because we were moving the ball better,'' Kennedy said. ''We were getting to the basket a little bit. We were moving the ball inside and out, and we were moving better. I think some of the 3s we took were a little uncharacteristically quick and challenged by Houston.''

The Cougars finished the half outscoring NJIT 19-5 capped by a monstrous dunk from Jarreau with a minute left in the half. Jarreau had six points to lead the run.

''I just think at the start of the game, we didn't have the right attitude,'' Sampson said. ''I thought the score reflected that. Last 10 minutes of the first half, they scored five points. I thought our attitude reflected that, too. Once we got our attitudes adjusted a little bit and started getting after those guys, you could see us take off.''

BIG PICTURE

NJIT: The Highlanders look like they will be a team to watch in the Atlantic Sun, competing with Houston for the first half. This was the first game NJIT has played outside the Northeast. NJIT started 4 of 6 on 3-pointers and followed that up with 13 straight misses.

Houston: The Cougars fell behind early for the third time in four games, but they were able to recover by halftime. Houston shot 29 percent on 3-pointers, continuing struggles from behind the arc. Houston outrebounded NJIT 48-33.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Houston should remain at least at No. 22 after winning its lone game of the week.

UP NEXT

NJIT: Visit Duquesne on Monday.

Houston: Opens conference play at home against Tulsa on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Z. Cooks
4 G
G. Robinson Jr.
25 G
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
9.1 Pts. Per Game 9.1
5.6 Ast. Per Game 5.6
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
46.7 Field Goal % 45.7
37.0 Three Point % 35.0
70.1 Free Throw % 65.5
+ 2 Souleymane Diakite made layup, assist by Shyquan Gibbs 16.0
  Defensive rebound by Souleymane Diakite 27.0
  Landon Goesling missed jump shot 29.0
  Defensive rebound by Houston 44.0
  Zach Cooks missed layup 46.0
  Defensive rebound by Souleymane Diakite 47.0
  Corey Davis Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 49.0
  Defensive rebound by Chris Harris Jr. 59.0
  Souleymane Diakite missed layup 1:01
  Lost ball turnover on Galen Robinson Jr. 1:24
  Defensive rebound by Galen Robinson Jr. 1:30
Team Stats
Points 59 80
Field Goals 20-61 (32.8%) 34-68 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 9-30 (30.0%) 7-24 (29.2%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 5-7 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 33 48
Offensive 5 9
Defensive 25 37
Team 3 2
Assists 9 14
Steals 5 7
Blocks 0 6
Turnovers 11 12
Fouls 11 18
Technicals 2 2
20 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
19 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo New Jersey Tech 11-3 233659
home team logo 22 Houston 13-0 275380
Team Stats
away team logo New Jersey Tech 11-3 70.6 PPG 36 RPG 10.8 APG
home team logo 22 Houston 13-0 75.9 PPG 45.1 RPG 15.1 APG
Key Players
4
Z. Cooks G 17.5 PPG 4.9 RPG 2.1 APG 45.9 FG%
5
C. Davis Jr. G 16.9 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.8 APG 42.4 FG%
Top Scorers
Z. Cooks G 20 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
C. Davis Jr. G 19 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
32.8 FG% 50.0
30.0 3PT FG% 29.2
62.5 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Cooks 20 4 4 6/19 3/10 5/6 0 39 1 0 3 1 3
S. Gibbs 10 2 2 3/7 2/3 2/2 0 38 0 0 0 1 1
D. Wilson 10 4 1 4/9 1/5 1/3 1 28 1 0 2 1 3
A. Lewis 7 7 0 3/13 1/4 0/1 5 32 1 0 3 1 6
S. Brinson 0 3 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 22 1 0 2 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Cooks 20 4 4 6/19 3/10 5/6 0 39 1 0 3 1 3
S. Gibbs 10 2 2 3/7 2/3 2/2 0 38 0 0 0 1 1
D. Wilson 10 4 1 4/9 1/5 1/3 1 28 1 0 2 1 3
A. Lewis 7 7 0 3/13 1/4 0/1 5 32 1 0 3 1 6
S. Brinson 0 3 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 22 1 0 2 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Jones 6 4 1 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 0 4
S. Diakite 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
D. Willis 2 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
M. Bendary 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 10 1 0 0 0 1
D. Greer 1 1 0 0/4 0/3 1/2 1 11 0 0 1 0 1
R. Walsh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Price - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. De Graaf - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Jamison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 30 9 20/61 9/30 10/16 11 200 5 0 11 5 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Davis Jr. 19 2 1 7/14 5/11 0/0 1 37 1 0 1 0 2
A. Brooks 10 5 1 4/11 2/9 0/0 1 22 1 0 1 1 4
G. Robinson Jr. 8 7 2 3/7 0/1 2/2 1 28 1 0 1 0 7
B. Brady 8 6 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 0 2 2 4
C. Alley Jr. 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 20 0 0 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Davis Jr. 19 2 1 7/14 5/11 0/0 1 37 1 0 1 0 2
A. Brooks 10 5 1 4/11 2/9 0/0 1 22 1 0 1 1 4
G. Robinson Jr. 8 7 2 3/7 0/1 2/2 1 28 1 0 1 0 7
B. Brady 8 6 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 0 2 2 4
C. Alley Jr. 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 20 0 0 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Jarreau 13 5 3 6/10 0/1 1/1 3 18 0 2 3 0 5
B. Gresham 11 7 1 5/5 0/0 1/2 2 18 0 2 0 2 5
N. Hinton 5 6 5 2/5 0/1 1/1 1 21 3 0 1 0 6
L. Goesling 4 0 0 2/4 0/0 0/1 1 11 1 0 0 0 0
C. Harris Jr. 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 2 0 1 1
F. White Jr. 0 4 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 3 6 0 0 1 2 2
J. Gorham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Broodo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. VanBeck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 46 14 34/68 7/24 5/7 18 200 7 6 12 9 37