GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Houston 77, Tulane 52


By SCHUYLER DIXON
AP Sports Writer

FORT WORTH, Texas - DeJon Jarreau had his first career triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, helping No. 7 Houston to a 77-52 victory over Tulane in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Quentin Grimes scored 15 points and Marcus Sasser added 14 as each connected on four 3-pointers to help the Cougars (22-3) recover from a cold-shooting first half from long range.

Kevin Cross scored 11 points for the 10th-seeded Green Wave (10-13), who stayed with a Top 10 team into the second half after beating seventh-seeded Tulsa 77-70 in the first round.

While Houston never trailed, the nation's third-best team in scoring margin had trouble building a comfortable lead because of 13 misses in its final 15 attempts from 3-point range in the first half, including eight in a row.

The Cougars were 6 of 22 from 3 when Grimes made one for their first 10-point lead at 48-38. On Houston's next possession, Sasser hit another shot from long range for a 51-40 lead.

Sasser, who was 4 of 8 from 3-point range while Grimes went 4 of 9, later connected for a 60-42 lead with seven minutes remaining as the Cougars outscored the Green Wave 44-23 in the second half.

Jarreau's triple-double was the first ever in the American tournament, which is being played for the seventh time. Justin Gorham had 11 points and seven rebounds for Houston.

Tulane had two chances in the first half to go in front when trailing by a point. Tylan Pope missed from inside the arc on the first, and R.J. McGee later couldn't connect on a 3.

March 12, 2021


Tulane
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Cross F 28 3-6 4-6 1-2 2-4 4 0 1 2 2 11
J. Forbes G 36 4-12 0-2 1-4 1-4 3 0 1 1 2 9
S. James G 33 3-6 2-5 0-2 0-4 3 0 0 0 1 8
J. Walker G 32 4-12 0-0 1-4 0-2 3 1 1 2 4 9
R. McGee G 24 2-7 0-0 1-4 1-5 0 2 0 0 1 5
G. Watson   23 1-4 0-0 0-1 0-0 2 0 1 0 0 2
N. Days   12 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0
T. Pope   11 3-6 2-5 0-0 2-3 0 1 0 0 1 8
Totals   199 20-54
(.370)
8-18
(.444)
4-17
(.235)
9-28 15 4 4 5 12 52


Houston
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Gorham F 33 5-8 0-0 1-2 4-7 2 1 0 1 1 11
R. Chaney F 10 2-2 0-2 0-0 2-4 1 0 0 0 3 4
M. Sasser G 36 4-9 2-2 4-8 0-5 3 0 1 1 0 14
D. Jarreau G 34 5-10 5-5 0-3 0-10 10 2 0 4 1 15
Q. Grimes G 32 4-12 3-4 4-9 1-4 1 0 1 0 3 15
T. Mark   16 1-4 0-0 0-2 1-1 2 0 1 0 1 2
F. White Jr.   14 3-5 1-2 0-0 4-6 0 2 0 1 5 7
C. Tyson   12 2-5 0-0 2-5 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 6
B. Gresham   8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 0 0 0
J. Shead   2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-1 2 0 0 0 0 3
R. Elvin   1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Powell   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 27-58
(.466)
11-15
(.733)
12-31
(.387)
13-44 21 7 3 7 16 77

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