National Basketball Association
Houston 71, Connecticut 63
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Where: XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
# Gerry Pollard, # Keith Kimble, # Terry Oglesby
DeJon Jarreau scored a game-high 18 points off the bench, and Armoni Brooks added 12 as the No. 9 Houston Cougars staved off a late rally to defeat the Connecticut Huskies 71-63 on Thursday night in Storrs, Conn.
The Cougars (24-1, 11-1 American Athletic Conference) extended their winning streak to nine. The Huskies (13-12, 4-8) lost their third in a row.
Houston used a 7-0 run at the start of the second half to extend its lead to 10 with 16:38 left to play. The Cougars later went on an 8-0 spurt to lead 49-33 with 11:52 remaining. UConn cut Houston's lead to six with 2:28 left on the clock but could get no closer.
The Cougars won despite getting just 10 points -- all in the second half -- from leading scorer Corey Davis Jr. and making a scant 11 trips to the free-throw line. UConn, meanwhile, went to the free-throw line 25 times but converted just 14 attempts.
Houston made its first free throw with less than two minutes to play and wound up 8 of 11.
The Cougars went 11-for-21 from the 3-point arc and shot 48.1 percent from the floor. They also recorded 18 assists, including seven from Jarreau. Houston got 42 points from its bench.
UConn was led by Christian Vital's 15 points and Sidney Wilson's 12. Tarin Smith added 10.
Houston took a 32-29 lead into halftime after a plodding first 20 minutes for both teams.
Davis took just one shot in the opening half.
Jarreau came off the bench to dish six assists for in the half for the Cougars, who tallied helpers on all but two of its 13 baskets before the break. Jarreau was one of four Cougars with six points as the Cougars mustered 21 points from their bench.
The Cougars hit 6-of-10 from the 3-point arc but didn't attempt a free throw. UConn, meanwhile, went to the line 12 times but made just five in the half.
At halftime, Vital led UConn with eight points, but all seven Huskies scored in the first half.
UConn guard Alterique Gilbert missed his fifth consecutive game with a sore shoulder.
Houston continues its two-game road swing at last-place Tulane on Sunday. UConn has a week off before playing at SMU on Feb. 21.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Dejon Jarreau 18
Christian Vital 15
Dejon Jarreau 7
Tarin Smith 7
Armoni Brooks 6
Josh Carlton 10
Dejon Jarreau 4
||Free Throws Made
Christian Vital 5
Galen Robinson Jr. 3
Tarin Smith 2
Armoni Brooks 1
Josh Carlton 2
Team Stats Summary