Houston remains undefeated at home after rolling past Wichita State and Tulane
Houston looked to get back on track and continue their winning ways when they hosted the Wichita State Shockers on Wednesday, January 6th.
Just like their previous game against SMU, The Cougars couldn't get any kind of offensive rhythm going in the first half. The Shockers took advantage of Houston's woes and went into the locker room up 31-25 at halftime.
They kept this momentum going into the second half as Wichita State increased their lead to 10 points with 18:44 left to go in the contest.
Houston wasn't going to give up without a fight, for they responded with a 16-0 run to take a six-point lead with 13 minutes left.
Junior Guard Quentin Grimes led the way for this comeback as he scored seven of his team high 22 points during this run.
Grimes scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and this was his best performance since his previous 22 point outing against Temple back on December 22nd.
Wichita State kept wouldn't go away quietly as they were able to cut the deficit down to four points with 8:44 remaining. This would be as close as the Shockers would get, for Houston pulled away with a 12-2 run to open up a 14-point lead on consecutive 3-pointers by Grimes with 5:44 left.
The Cougars secured a 70-63 victory and this was the 9th time in 10 contests in which Houston held their opponents scoring to under 65 points.
Their next game against Tulane wasn't nearly as competitive.
Houston defeated the Green Wave 71-50 to improve their record to 10-1 and 5-1 in conference play.
Sophomore Guard Marcus Sasser had himself a game as he scored a career high 28 points and made eight 3-pointers.
"They were leaving me open a little bit, and coach (Kelvin Sampson) gives me confidence to shoot the ball," Sasser said. "Every time I shot it, it was going in. I feel like that was the hottest I've been."
Sasser, Grimes and DeJon Jarreau continue to prove they are the best trio of guards in college basketball day in and day out.
This has been said many times, but Houston continues to win on defense, rebounding and superior guard play.
UH set a season-high with 15 3-pointers and Houston has now won 17 straight games at the Fertitta Center and UH has now won five consecutive games at home against Tulane.
UH announced Tuesday that AAC Preseason Player of the Year Caleb Mills is transferring.
Mills led Houston in scoring as a freshman last season, helping lead the team to a 23-8 record and share of the AAC title.
But the 6-foot-3 guard had dealt with an ankle injury this season and was averaging just 19 minutes off the bench in four games for the No. 11 Cougars.
"I am grateful to Coach Sampson, my coaches and teammates for the opportunities in Houston," Mills said in the university's announcement. "This decision allows me to play closer to home and is best for me and my family."
Mills was will presumably transfer to a school in which he can start for next season.
Houston has a couple of days off before they head to Tampa to take on the USF Bulls.