The Houston Cougars win their fifth straight game in blowout victory over the South Florida Bulls.

Cougars keep rolling in blowout win over South Florida

The Houston Cougars (16-4, 6-1) took care of business Sunday afternoon in a 68-49 victory over the South Florida Bulls inside the Toyota Center in Houston. While improving their winning streak to four, Houston has now won 10 of their last 11 games.

It was a dominating performance for the Cougars as Houston outplayed the Bulls in nearly every aspect of the game. While scoring a total of 34 points in the paint, the Cougars forced the Bulls to commit 15 turnovers in which Houston converted into 18 points.

"My staff does a great job in breaking film down, head coach Kelvin Sampson said after the win. "Our kids knew the actions, and of course, it comes down to executing principles. Basketball is a game of actions, and to be a good defensive team, we have to be able to adjust."

After coming just two assists shy from recording a triple-double last game, junior guard DeJon Jarreau led Houston in scoring with 12 points and six dimes while senior big man Fabian White Jr. added in 11 points and two blocks.

After opening the game on an 8-2 run, Houston en barked on a 17-5 run during the first half to take a 31-23 lead into the half. After extending their lead to 44-28 early in the second half, the Bulls did not get closer than 12 the remainder of the game.

"I'm extremely proud of our effort today," Kelvin Sampson said. "Sometimes when you don't shoot the ball well, it looks like you aren't playing good. It could not be further from the truth. We played good today, and we didn't make a lot of shots, but we did a lot of good things."

On a day where Houston failed to shoot over 40% from behind the arc (23.8%), it was the Cougars hustle plays that gave way to their 19 point victory. With 14 offensive boards, Houston recorded 17 second-chance points.

In the loss, neither of USF's players scored in double-figures, with Michael Durr and Antun Maricevic each led the team with eight points apiece.

Following the win, the Cougars will travel to Greenville, N.C. on Wednesday to take on the 9-11, 3-4 East Carolina Pirates. Tip-off is slated for 6 P.M. CT.


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Yuli Gurriel had a monster night at the plate Friday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

Although they lost the series 2-1, the Astros ended their road trip with a nice win over the Yankees to head home on a positive note. On Friday, they welcomed in the Toronto Blue Jays and former teammate George Springer, currently on the IL, to start a three-game series and long homestand. They had an excellent night at the plate, along with a strong start from Jose Urquidy, cruising past the Blue Jays to take the opener.

Final Score: Astros 10, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 17-15, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (3-2)

Losing Pitcher: Ross Stripling (0-2)

Jays strike first, then Houston responds and never looks back

It first appeared that Urquidy may be in for a long night, giving up two solo home runs early in Friday's game, one to Bo Bichette in the top of the first with one out to put Toronto up 1-0, then another to Danny Jansen in the top of the third. However, Urquidy would lock-in, and his offense would back him up strongly.

Houston ended up sending nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the second, getting two runs on a homer by Carlos Correa, then later loading the bases to set up an RBI walk by Alex Bregman. In the bottom of the fifth, with a one-run lead at 3-2, Yuli Gurriel expanded the lead to three runs on a two-run shot.

Gurriel went on to have a fantastic night, going 4-for-4 at the plate with 4 RBI. His third of those came in the bottom of the seventh, extending the lead again with an RBI single to make it 6-2. Kyle Tucker made it a five-run game that same inning with an RBI double, then more insurance came in the bottom of the eighth. They reached double-digits that inning, with Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, and Yuli Gurriel, his fourth of the night, all getting an RBI to make it 10-2.

Urquidy finishes seven, then Emanuel finishes it off

Those gave Urquidy plenty of support, though he would bounce back after the two early homers and have a nice night on the mound. He allowed just two other hits, working around both, en route to a seven-inning two-run performance to earn him the win. His final line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 84 P.

He likely could have gone longer, but Dusty Baker turned the ball over to Kent Emanuel to wrap things up with the significant lead. He did so, despite allowing a two-run home run to former-Astro Teoscor Hernandez in the top of the ninth to make the score 10-4. The win kept the Astros above .500 and two games back of the A's, who sit atop the AL West standings.

Up Next: The middle game of this series will be a 6:10 PM start Saturday night. The pitching matchup will be Steven Matz (4-2, 4.78 ERA) for Toronto and the electric Cristian Javier (3-0, 1.75 ERA) for Houston.

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