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Houston 83, McNeese State 44

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HOUSTON - Ja'Vier Francis scored a career-high 23 points and had 13 rebounds as No. 3 Houston routed McNeese State 83-44.

Emanuel Sharp added 18 points while going 6 of 9 on 3-pointers for the Cougars, and Marcus Sasser hit 5 of 10 from long range and scored 17 points. The pair combined to shoot 9 of 14 on 3s in the first half.

Coming off a hard-fought 69-61 win at then-No. 2 Virginia on Saturday, Houston (12-1) had an easier time scoring. The Cougars went 11 of 20 from long range in the opening half and led 42-19 at the break.

Roberts Berze scored 13 points and Christian Shumate added 10 for McNeese State (3-10). The Cowboys lost their fourth straight game.

Houston shot 52.5% from the field, including 14 of 33 on 3-pointers. The Cougars outrebounded the Cowboys 43-22 and converted 16 McNeese State turnovers into 23 points.

McNeese State shot 37%, including 6 of 24 on 3s.

Houston used a 20-2 run over an 8 1/2-minute span of the first half to open a 27-9 lead on a 3-pointer by Tramon Mark with 4:40 remaining. Sharp had nine points in the run.

BIG PICTURE

McNeese State: The Cowboys fell to 0-4 this season against ranked opponents and 0-31 all-time. Each of the four losses this season were by at least 29 points.

Houston: The Cougars finished with 12 regular-season nonconference wins, tied for second-most in a season behind the 13 they had in 2018-19. ... Houston held a 20-4 advantage in second-chance points. The Cougars had 23 assists on 32 baskets.

December 21, 2022


McNeese State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
R. Berze F 26 5-8 0-0 3-6 1-2 1 0 1 1 2 13
D. Oday G 24 0-7 0-0 0-3 0-3 1 0 2 2 0 0
Z. Scott G 24 2-7 0-0 1-6 0-1 0 0 4 0 1 5
H. Francois G 23 1-4 0-0 0-3 0-3 0 0 0 0 0 2
J. Massie G 22 1-6 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 1 4 1 2
T. English   29 3-4 0-0 1-2 1-1 5 0 1 3 0 7
C. Shumate   27 4-11 1-2 1-3 1-4 3 0 0 1 3 10
T. McMillan   14 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 4 2 0
D. Thomas   9 2-2 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 5
Totals   198 18-49
(.367)
2-5
(.400)
6-24
(.250)
6-22 10 1 9 16 12 44


Houston
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Roberts F 23 2-3 0-0 0-0 2-8 0 0 1 1 1 4
J. Walker F 22 2-4 0-0 0-1 1-3 3 0 1 1 0 4
J. Shead G 30 3-9 0-0 1-5 0-2 9 1 2 3 1 7
M. Sasser G 23 6-12 0-0 5-10 0-4 2 0 0 4 0 17
T. Mark G 21 1-7 0-0 1-4 2-4 5 0 3 1 0 3
J. Francis   25 9-9 5-10 0-0 7-13 0 1 1 0 1 23
E. Sharp   19 6-10 0-0 6-10 2-3 1 0 0 1 0 18
T. Arceneaux   17 3-6 0-0 1-3 1-4 2 0 0 1 1 7
R. Walker Jr.   15 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Elvin   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 32-61
(.525)
5-10
(.500)
14-33
(.424)
16-43 23 2 8 12 4 83
Officials: Garrick Shannon, Gerald Williams, Rick Crawford




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