Houston overcame iffy shooting and a start-stop game to beat UCF 78-63 at Fertitta Center. The Cougars were rusty early on following a 9-day break and coming off a tournament title at the Diamond Head Classic. But UH’s heart and soul, Nate Hinton, stepped up and dominated the game.
Hinton finished with a career-high and Fertitta Center record 16 rebounds to go along with 20 points and 5 steals. Hinton was 7/12 from the floor but had a strange 3PT/FT disparity.
Kelvin Sampson: How do you go 3 for 6 from the 3-point line and 3 for 6 from the free-throw line?
Nate Hinton: I don’t know.
Sampson: Well, work on an answer by tomorrow.
— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) January 4, 2020
Fabian White had another solid game for the Coogs. The big man was 4/8 from the floor and 5/6 from the line – his 13 points tied for second-most in the game.
Dejon Jarreau, Chris Harris, and Marcus Sasser combined for 28 points off the bench. UH beat the Knights in bench points, 28-15.
At times, the game dragged as the teams traded fouls; combined, they shot 45 second-half free throws. Nevertheless, the Cougars move to 11-3 on the season (1-0 AAC) and sit at #43 in the NCAA NET.
Below is the GoCoogs photo gallery from the game. Click a photo and you can scroll through each of them in the lightbox. All images © Mario Puente 2020.