Coogs Cruise By TSU, 83-48


#3 Houston overcame an uneven start to race by Texas Southern, 83-48. Marcus Sasser scored 20 points, slashing to the hoop repeatedly, showing an improvement in his game. And Jarace Walker quickly forgot his performance from Monday night and went 9/11 from the floor to finish with 19 points.

UH was never really challenged, although TSU played better in the second half, shooting 50% (11/22). Houston was even better, though, going 16/28 (57.1%). Jamal Shead had struggled from three in the first three games, going 0-10 to start the season. But that ended Wednesday night. Jamal was a good sport Monday evening when razzed about his slow start.

Sasser and Shead both had six assists, while six Cougar players had four or more rebounds.

Ja’Vier Francis played well, especially late in the game. In the last six minutes, Francis had seven points, two boards, and two blocks.

Ja’Vier Francis has unreal athletic skills // Photo by Mario Puente

J’Wan Roberts also had 10 points and three assists. UH finished with 19 assists on 31 baskets. Houston had 50 points in the paint and created 18 turnovers.

After a 4-0 start to the season, the Cougars will now turn their sights to their first true road game Sunday at Oregon.

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