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Brooks, Davis help No. 12 Houston beat SMU 90-79

HOUSTON (AP) Houston rebounded from its second loss of the season to wrap up at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

Armoni Brooks had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Corey Davis Jr. added 17 points and No. 12 Houston beat SMU 90-79 on Thursday night.

With No. 25 Central Florida's 58-55 home victory over No. 20 Cincinnati, the Cougars (28-2, 15-2) clinched at least a share of its first regular-season championship since it shared the Southwest Conference crown in 1991-92.

''We're 15-2 and conference champions,'' Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. ''I have only been here five years, so I don't have the perspective of 27 years.''

Davis said the players were told midway through the first half about UCF's win, which gave Houston extra motivation to win.

''It means everything,'' Davis said. ''We worked very hard and have been so determined. We fought every game. We worked hard in practice every day. It's a testament to how hard we've worked and how bad we really want this.''

Brooks made six 3-pointers, Davis had four and the Cougars shot 53 percent overall, going 12 of 29 from behind the arc. Breaon Brady added 16 points, Galen Robinson Jr. had 11, and Houston turned 15 SMU turnovers into 22 points.

''This means a lot because people doubted us,'' Robinson said. ''We've always been players who play with chips on our shoulders. When our backs are against the wall and you doubt us, that's when we play our best.''

The 28 regular-season tied the 1967-68 team, which included Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes, for most in school history.

Sampson called the win gratifying.

''This doesn't happen because you got good players, it just doesn't,'' Sampson said. ''If that was the case then the most talented team would win the league every year. We came here to build a program, and we knew it would be hard, but we were willing to work. We rolled up our sleeves and worked.''

Jahmal McMurray had 24 points, and Ethan Chargois added 21 points for SMU (13-16, 5-12). Isiaha Mike scored 15 points, and Feron Hunt had 10 for the Mustangs. They shot 52 percent in losing for the ninth time in 10 games.

''That was a great team, and you're not going to keep them down all night,'' SMU coach Tim Jankovich said. ''As hard as we played, we did have a hard time stopping them. They were just on fire.''

Houston used a 21-6 run over an eight-minute span to open up a 27-16 lead. Brooks hit three consecutive 3-pointers to lead the run.

Houston led 46-37 at the half behind 12 points each from Brady and Brooks.

After SMU opened the second half with Jarrey Foster's 3-pointer to cut the lead to six, Houston responded with an 11-0 run to up the lead to 57-40 with 17 minutes remaining on seven straight points by Davis. SMU got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

''We had to stop the silly turnovers, play our basketball and grit out the win,'' Davis said. ''We were making shots. We just had to keep getting stops, keep playing our ball.''

BIG PICTURE

SMU: The Mustangs were able to keep it close with hot shooting in the first half, hitting 68 percent from the floor, including 7 of 10 on 3-pointers, but Houston's depth was too much for SMU. The Mustangs were 21 of 26 from the free throw line.

Houston: The Cougars out-hustled SMU throughout, holding a 35-25 edge in rebounds and outscoring the Mustangs, 24-8 in second chance points and 38-20 in points in the paint. Houston's bench outscored the Mustangs' bench 37-1.

HE SAID IT

''We knew the timing was very poor to come in here. Coming off their loss, they needed this win desperately, and it's Senior night. Probably couldn't have had a worse time to come here.'' - Jankovich on playing Houston after the Cougars' loss on Saturday.

UP NEXT

SMU: At South Florida on Sunday.

Houston: At Cincinnati on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Whitt Jr.
33 G
G. Robinson Jr.
25 G
30.1 Min. Per Game 30.1
7.8 Pts. Per Game 7.8
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
47.4 Field Goal % 43.5
14.3 Three Point % 32.9
60.9 Free Throw % 64.8
  Defensive rebound by SMU 1.0
  Landon Goesling missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
  Offensive rebound by Nate Hinton 4.0
  Landon Goesling missed jump shot 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Armoni Brooks 14.0
  Jahmar Young Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
+ 1 Jahmar Young Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 14.0
  Personal foul on Dejon Jarreau 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Feron Hunt 20.0
  Landon Goesling missed 3rd of 3 free throws 20.0
+ 1 Landon Goesling made 2nd of 3 free throws 20.0
Team Stats
Points 79 90
Field Goals 24-46 (52.2%) 34-64 (53.1%)
3-Pointers 10-19 (52.6%) 12-29 (41.4%)
Free Throws 21-26 (80.8%) 10-14 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 25 35
Offensive 3 13
Defensive 19 19
Team 3 3
Assists 10 19
Steals 4 6
Blocks 0 2
Turnovers 15 11
Fouls 16 19
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
20 PTS, 10 REB
12T
away team logo SMU 13-16 374279
home team logo 12 Houston 28-2 464490
Team Stats
away team logo SMU 13-16 72.0 PPG 38.8 RPG 13.8 APG
home team logo 12 Houston 28-2 75.3 PPG 44.4 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
0
J. McMurray G 18.1 PPG 2.3 RPG 2.6 APG 44.9 FG%
3
A. Brooks G 13.4 PPG 6.3 RPG 0.9 APG 40.5 FG%
Top Scorers
J. McMurray G 24 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
A. Brooks G 20 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
52.2 FG% 53.1
52.6 3PT FG% 41.4
80.8 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McMurray 24 1 3 9/13 5/6 1/1 5 37 1 0 2 0 1
E. Chargois 21 2 2 6/13 2/5 7/7 2 38 1 0 3 0 2
I. Mike 15 6 1 3/6 1/2 8/10 1 40 1 0 1 0 6
F. Hunt 10 4 0 4/5 0/1 2/4 2 25 0 0 2 1 3
J. Foster 8 4 1 2/6 2/3 2/2 4 24 0 0 4 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McMurray 24 1 3 9/13 5/6 1/1 5 37 1 0 2 0 1
E. Chargois 21 2 2 6/13 2/5 7/7 2 38 1 0 3 0 2
I. Mike 15 6 1 3/6 1/2 8/10 1 40 1 0 1 0 6
F. Hunt 10 4 0 4/5 0/1 2/4 2 25 0 0 2 1 3
J. Foster 8 4 1 2/6 2/3 2/2 4 24 0 0 4 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Young Jr. 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
N. Dixon 0 1 3 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 16 0 0 1 1 0
W. Douglas 0 4 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 18 1 0 1 0 4
J. Whitt Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Youngkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Pyle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Ray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Wilfong - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 22 10 24/46 10/19 21/26 16 200 4 0 15 3 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Davis Jr. 17 0 4 6/14 4/11 1/1 1 38 1 0 2 0 0
B. Brady 16 6 2 7/8 0/0 2/3 1 29 1 0 1 4 2
G. Robinson Jr. 11 1 5 5/8 0/2 1/2 0 28 2 0 3 0 1
F. White Jr. 8 3 0 3/6 0/0 2/2 2 13 0 0 1 3 0
L. Goesling 1 1 0 0/2 0/1 1/3 0 5 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Davis Jr. 17 0 4 6/14 4/11 1/1 1 38 1 0 2 0 0
B. Brady 16 6 2 7/8 0/0 2/3 1 29 1 0 1 4 2
G. Robinson Jr. 11 1 5 5/8 0/2 1/2 0 28 2 0 3 0 1
F. White Jr. 8 3 0 3/6 0/0 2/2 2 13 0 0 1 3 0
L. Goesling 1 1 0 0/2 0/1 1/3 0 5 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Brooks 20 10 0 7/13 6/10 0/0 4 34 1 1 0 2 8
N. Hinton 9 9 4 3/7 1/3 2/2 4 27 1 0 1 4 5
D. Jarreau 8 1 4 3/6 1/2 1/1 2 19 0 0 1 0 1
B. Gresham 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 6 0 1 1 0 1
C. Alley Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Harris Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gorham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Broodo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. VanBeck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 32 19 34/64 12/29 10/14 19 200 6 2 11 13 19