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Davis scores 21 points, No. 19 Houston beats Tulsa 74-56

HOUSTON (AP) Houston started conference play Wednesday night the same way it ended nonconference play - winning with defense and rebounding

Corey Davis Jr. scored 21 points and hit six 3-pointers and No. 19 Houston remained undefeated, beating Tulsa 74-56 in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Houston (14-0) extended the longest home winning streak in the nation to 27 games.

Nate Hinton added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Galen Robinson Jr. had 10 points.

''I really tried to look at it as another game but raise the expectations because every game counts,'' Hinton said of the start of conference play. ''Nonconference record means something, but at the end of the day, it really doesn't mean as much as the conference.''

The Cougars shot only 37 percent, but outrebounded Tulsa 52-40, including 16-9 on the offensive glass, and had an 18-7 edge in second-chance points.

''We put so much emphasis on defense and rebounding and having a defined way we are going to win the game,'' Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. ''Our kids when they walk out of that locker room and onto the court, whether it's at practice or games, they have a clear idea of how we are going to win. Everything with us starts with defense.''

Martins Igbanu had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Daquan Jeffries added 10 points and six rebounds for Tulsa (10-4). The Golden Hurricane shot 31 percent from the field, and had their five-game winning streak snapped. Tulsa shot 17 of 28 from the free throw line.

''We knew it would be tough, but you are not going to win a game against a quality opponent like Houston on the road when you miss 11 free throws and give up 16 offensive rebounds,'' Tulsa coach Frank Haith said. ''We knew the rebounding was going to be an issue - they're plus-8 (in rebounding differential) on the year - but we didn't do a good job there. Their physicality affected us.''

Houston missed its first 10 field goals before Robinson's two free throws and a layup by Brison Gresham with 14 minutes left in the first half cut Tulsa's lead to 6-4. The Cougars heated up from there, opening a 26-16 lead on Armoni Brooks' 3-pointer that capped a 10-2 run. Houston led 36-25 at the half, making 11 of its last 24 shots.

Sampson said he had no problem with the Cougars' offense.

''We started the game 0 for 10, and I didn't have a problem with any of those shots,'' Sampson said of the slow start. ''They were all good looks. ... If we started the game over again right now, I'd take the same shots.''

Tulsa could never get closer than nine in the second half, with Houston putting it out of reach with a 15-6, capped by DeJon Jarreau's layup with 6 1/2 minutes left that upped it to 63-45. Davis had six to lead the run.

HOLGORSEN IN THE HOUSE

New Houston football coach Dana Holgorsen sat courtside next to Tilman Fertitta, the Houston Rockets owner and University of Houston system Board of Regents chairman, and University of Houston President Renu Khator. Holgorsen, who will be formally introduced as the head coach Thursday, signed two footballs, throwing one into the student section.

BIG PICTURE

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane had a chance to open a large lead early, but they hit two of their first eight field goals and allowed Houston to hang around. Tulsa shot 5 of 18 on 3-pointers. The Golden Hurricane had no points off 10 Houston turnovers.

Houston: The Cougars had another slow start, their fourth in the last five games, but the defense continues to keep them in games until the offense picks up. Houston forced 12 turnovers, turning them into 12 points. Houston had 18 assists on 25 field goals.

UP NEXT

Tulsa: Hosts South Florida on Saturday.

Houston: Hosts Memphis on Sunday.

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Key Players
S. Taplin
4 G
G. Robinson Jr.
25 G
31.9 Min. Per Game 31.9
8.8 Pts. Per Game 8.8
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
37.8 Field Goal % 44.3
28.9 Three Point % 40.6
64.3 Free Throw % 65.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Houston 2.0
  Personal foul on Curran Scott 31.0
  Defensive rebound by Landon Goesling 33.0
  Jeriah Horne missed 3-pt. jump shot 35.0
  Offensive rebound by Tulsa 41.0
  Simon Falokun missed 2nd of 2 free throws 41.0
+ 1 Simon Falokun made 1st of 2 free throws 41.0
  Personal foul on Chris Harris Jr. 39.0
+ 2 Landon Goesling made layup, assist by Galen Robinson Jr. 57.0
  Defensive rebound by Dejon Jarreau 1:15
  Simon Falokun missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:15
Team Stats
Points 56 74
Field Goals 17-55 (30.9%) 25-70 (35.7%)
3-Pointers 5-18 (27.8%) 10-30 (33.3%)
Free Throws 17-28 (60.7%) 14-16 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 40 52
Offensive 5 14
Defensive 30 35
Team 5 3
Assists 13 18
Steals 2 7
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 12 9
Fouls 13 20
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
21 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Tulsa 10-4 253156
home team logo 19 Houston 14-0 363874
Team Stats
away team logo Tulsa 10-4 71.8 PPG 38.6 RPG 13.4 APG
home team logo 19 Houston 14-0 75.6 PPG 44.8 RPG 14.9 APG
Key Players
1
M. Igbanu F 12.5 PPG 5.7 RPG 0.7 APG 61.6 FG%
5
C. Davis Jr. G 16.7 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.7 APG 42.5 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Igbanu F 18 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
C. Davis Jr. G 21 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
30.9 FG% 35.7
27.8 3PT FG% 33.3
60.7 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Igbanu 18 8 1 6/8 0/0 6/9 1 32 0 0 2 1 7
D. Jeffries 10 6 2 2/11 2/6 4/4 3 28 0 1 1 1 5
S. Taplin 8 2 4 2/9 2/4 2/4 1 32 0 0 1 0 2
L. Korita 4 1 0 1/5 0/3 2/2 1 23 2 0 2 0 1
C. Scott 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/2 1 13 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Igbanu 18 8 1 6/8 0/0 6/9 1 32 0 0 2 1 7
D. Jeffries 10 6 2 2/11 2/6 4/4 3 28 0 1 1 1 5
S. Taplin 8 2 4 2/9 2/4 2/4 1 32 0 0 1 0 2
L. Korita 4 1 0 1/5 0/3 2/2 1 23 2 0 2 0 1
C. Scott 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/2 1 13 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Horne 7 2 1 2/7 1/4 2/3 1 18 0 1 0 0 2
C. Barnes 4 5 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 16 0 0 2 0 5
E. Joiner 2 6 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 22 0 0 1 0 6
Z. Moore 2 4 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 2 2
S. Falokun 1 1 0 0/1 0/0 1/4 1 4 0 0 2 1 0
D. Jackson 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0
A. Foree - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Hewitt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deline Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Christopoulos - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 56 35 13 17/55 5/18 17/28 13 200 2 2 12 5 30
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Davis Jr. 21 5 4 6/16 6/11 3/3 1 36 1 0 1 4 1
G. Robinson Jr. 10 1 6 2/7 2/5 4/4 0 26 0 0 1 0 1
A. Brooks 8 10 1 3/12 2/8 0/0 1 31 2 1 0 3 7
B. Brady 2 6 0 0/3 0/0 2/2 3 8 0 0 2 1 5
C. Alley Jr. 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 4 8 1 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Davis Jr. 21 5 4 6/16 6/11 3/3 1 36 1 0 1 4 1
G. Robinson Jr. 10 1 6 2/7 2/5 4/4 0 26 0 0 1 0 1
A. Brooks 8 10 1 3/12 2/8 0/0 1 31 2 1 0 3 7
B. Brady 2 6 0 0/3 0/0 2/2 3 8 0 0 2 1 5
C. Alley Jr. 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 4 8 1 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Hinton 13 8 3 4/10 0/4 5/6 1 24 2 0 1 2 6
D. Jarreau 8 4 3 4/7 0/1 0/0 2 18 1 0 3 0 4
F. White Jr. 8 5 1 4/8 0/0 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 3 2
L. Goesling 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
B. Gresham 2 8 0 1/4 0/0 0/1 4 23 0 1 1 1 7
C. Harris Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Broodo 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Gorham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. VanBeck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 49 18 25/70 10/30 14/16 20 200 7 2 9 14 35