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HOUSTON (AP) — Armoni Brooks scored 20 points, Corey Davis Jr. added 18 with six assists and Houston held off cross-town rival Rice 79-69 Wednesday night in the 81st meeting.
Nate Hinton and Galen Robinson Jr. scored 15 apiece for the Cougars (2-0), who scored 26 points off of fast breaks and shot 45 percent from the field. It was Brooks’ second straight 20-point game.
Houston took a 7-6 lead on Brooks’ jumper and stayed ahead the rest of the way. The Cougars led 40-29 at halftime and by as many as 18 points in the second half.
The Owls closed to 74-66 on Ako Adams’ 3 with 57 seconds left, but Houston stopped the rally with five straight free throws.
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Adams scored 19 points with five assists and Jack Williams added 11 points for the Owls (2-2).
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