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No. 17 Houston hits 16 3-pointers in 94-50 win over ECU

HOUSTON (AP) Houston had one of its best offensive nights of the season. Coach Kelvin Sampson was more impressed with his team's intensity and defense.

Armoni Brooks scored 17 points, Corey Davis Jr. added 12 and No. 17 Houston hit 16 3-pointers while beating East Carolina 94-50 on Wednesday.

Brooks and Davis combined to hit nine 3-pointers while the Cougars (19-1, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) finished 16 of 24 from behind the arc.

''We shot the ball well tonight, but look at who was shooting them,'' Sampson said. ''Armoni Brooks is an outstanding shooter. Corey is an outstanding shooter. I thought Corey and Armoni and (Galen Robinson Jr.'s) defense and attention to detail tonight was outstanding.''

The Cougars entered the game second in the nation in field goal percentage defense, third in 3-point field goal percentage defense and eighth in scoring defense. They held the Pirates to 32 percent shooting and 2 of 22 on 3-pointers.

''We are a good defensive team,'' Sampson said.

Nate Hinton had 13 points, Cedrick Alley scored 12 and Fabian White Jr. had 11.

Houston, which won its fourth straight, shot 52 percent from the field while extending its home winning streak to 30 games.

''We are all extremely confident in one another,'' Brooks said.

Seth Leday had 12 points and Isaac Fleming added 11 for ECU (8-10, 1-5). Jayden Gardner, who came into the game leading the American in scoring with 19.8 points per game, finished with eight points for the Pirates. ECU has lost four straight.

''They're hard to beat when they don't shoot the ball well, and when they shoot it like that, it's just a double-edged sword,'' ECU coach Joe Dooley said.

After Fleming's layup with 8 1/2 minutes left cut Houston's lead to 21-15, the Cougars went on a 26-9 run over the next eight minutes to take a 47-24 lead on Robinson's 3-pointer with 1 1/2 minutes left in the half. Houston made six straight 3-pointers during the run.

The Cougars led 49-26 at the half.

BIG PICTURE

East Carolina: The Pirates struggled to find scoring as Houston did well defending Gardner. The Pirates took care of the ball, committing 10 turnovers and held a 24-18 advantage in points in the paint. ''I thought they did a good job (guarding Gardner),'' Dooley said. ''I thought they pressured us, and they also gapped us. It shortens the court when you don't make any shots, and we didn't make any three-point shots.''

Houston: The Cougars never trailed. They opened 2 of 9 from the field before catching fire and finishing the first half 15 of 22. Houston played well on both ends and was able to keep ECU off the glass, holding a 47-25 advantage. The Cougars continued to pass the ball well, finishing with 21 assists on 29 made field goals.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

Robinson surpassed 500 assists for his career at Houston, becoming the sixth Cougar to accomplish the feat. Robinson finished with eight.

OLAJUWON IN ATTENDANCE

NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, who played a key role in Houston's run of three straight NCAA Final Four appearances from 1982-84, sat courtside.

TIMEOUT PLEASE

ECU called three timeouts in the first 13 minutes.. ECU used its final timeout two minutes into the second half.

UP NEXT

East Carolina: Hosts South Florida on Saturday.

Houston: Travels to Tulsa on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Gardner
1 F
G. Robinson Jr.
25 G
31.9 Min. Per Game 31.9
8.5 Pts. Per Game 8.5
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
55.4 Field Goal % 44.4
33.3 Three Point % 38.3
75.6 Free Throw % 65.5
+ 1 John Whitley made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
+ 1 John Whitley made 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Shooting foul on Landon Goesling 10.0
  Offensive rebound by Addison Hill 12.0
  Tyler Foster missed jump shot, blocked by Nate Hinton 14.0
  Offensive rebound by Rico Quinton 22.0
  Justice Obasohan missed jump shot 24.0
+ 1 Landon Goesling made 2nd of 2 free throws 36.0
+ 1 Landon Goesling made 1st of 2 free throws 36.0
  Personal foul on Tyler Foster 36.0
  Defensive rebound by Caleb Broodo 37.0
Team Stats
Points 50 94
Field Goals 20-62 (32.3%) 29-56 (51.8%)
3-Pointers 2-22 (9.1%) 16-24 (66.7%)
Free Throws 8-11 (72.7%) 20-24 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 25 47
Offensive 8 9
Defensive 14 35
Team 3 3
Assists 9 21
Steals 8 4
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 10 12
Fouls 20 9
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo East Carolina 8-10 262450
home team logo 17 Houston 19-1 494594
Team Stats
away team logo East Carolina 8-10 67.4 PPG 37.9 RPG 12.3 APG
home team logo 17 Houston 19-1 75.6 PPG 44.8 RPG 14.9 APG
Key Players
3
S. LeDay F 11.0 PPG 5.8 RPG 1.5 APG 52.9 FG%
3
A. Brooks G 13.6 PPG 6.5 RPG 0.9 APG 40.6 FG%
Top Scorers
S. LeDay F 12 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
A. Brooks G 17 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
32.3 FG% 51.8
9.1 3PT FG% 66.7
72.7 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. LeDay 12 5 2 5/7 0/0 2/2 3 17 2 0 3 1 4
I. Fleming 11 2 1 4/7 0/2 3/3 3 28 2 0 1 1 1
J. Gardner 8 4 1 4/13 0/0 0/0 1 25 0 0 2 1 3
K. Davis 2 2 1 1/7 0/6 0/0 1 19 0 1 1 1 1
S. Williams 0 0 1 0/4 0/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. LeDay 12 5 2 5/7 0/0 2/2 3 17 2 0 3 1 4
I. Fleming 11 2 1 4/7 0/2 3/3 3 28 2 0 1 1 1
J. Gardner 8 4 1 4/13 0/0 0/0 1 25 0 0 2 1 3
K. Davis 2 2 1 1/7 0/6 0/0 1 19 0 1 1 1 1
S. Williams 0 0 1 0/4 0/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Foster 5 2 1 2/8 0/2 1/4 1 23 0 0 0 1 1
D. Wade 3 0 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 4 21 0 0 0 0 0
R. Quinton 3 3 0 1/5 1/5 0/0 3 13 4 1 2 1 2
J. Obasohan 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1
J. Whitley 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Spasojevic 2 2 2 1/5 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 1 0 1 1
A. Hill 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
J. Whatley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hardy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Strickland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 50 22 9 20/62 2/22 8/11 20 200 8 3 10 8 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Brooks 17 6 0 6/10 5/7 0/0 0 21 1 0 0 0 6
C. Davis Jr. 12 2 3 4/9 4/7 0/0 0 21 0 0 0 0 2
F. White Jr. 11 3 1 3/7 0/0 5/6 1 18 0 0 0 0 3
B. Brady 6 7 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 0 2 2 5
G. Robinson Jr. 5 0 8 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 26 1 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Brooks 17 6 0 6/10 5/7 0/0 0 21 1 0 0 0 6
C. Davis Jr. 12 2 3 4/9 4/7 0/0 0 21 0 0 0 0 2
F. White Jr. 11 3 1 3/7 0/0 5/6 1 18 0 0 0 0 3
B. Brady 6 7 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 0 2 2 5
G. Robinson Jr. 5 0 8 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 26 1 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Hinton 13 9 4 4/7 1/2 4/4 0 22 0 2 4 1 8
C. Alley Jr. 12 2 2 4/5 4/5 0/0 0 20 0 1 0 1 1
L. Goesling 8 0 1 0/3 0/1 8/10 1 11 1 0 0 0 0
B. Gresham 5 2 0 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 10 0 1 0 2 0
D. Jarreau 5 4 2 1/2 1/1 2/2 2 19 1 0 5 0 4
C. Harris Jr. 0 6 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 1 1 2 4
C. Broodo 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
J. Gorham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. VanBeck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 94 44 21 29/56 16/24 20/24 9 200 4 5 12 9 35