Saturday, December 17, 2016

Houston Cougars top UT Rio Grande Valley 83-58

Houston head coach Kelvin Sanpson has the Cougars
out to an 8-2 record for the 2016-2017 season.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography,
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (December 17, 2016) The Houston Cougars jumped out to a 39-26 lead in the first half and went on to down the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros by the score of 83-58 in front of a small but vocal crowd at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The win pushed the Cougars to 8-2 for the season and gives them a 12-0 record against the Vaqueros. Starting forwards Danrad Knowles and Damyean Dotson, along with starting guard Rob Gary combined for 55 of the Cougars’ points. Dotson led all scorers with 25 points, followed by Gray with 16 and Knowles with 14. Armoni Brooks came off the bench to add 10, with Wes VanBeck contributing nine. The Cougars shot 51% from the field and 75% from the free throw line. Dotson tallied 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. For the Vaqueros, Antonio Green tallied 11 points.

Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson discussed the Cougars' performance in the post-game press conference

We came out and played really hard from the start. We were pleased with a lot of guys effort tonight. I’m disappointed with some things that we just have to keep working on. We must get our bigs to rebound, that’s the bottom line. We play these other teams that have really good offensive rebounding bigs. Our guards are going to do a good job rebounding. I’m really pleased with our guards rebounding. We emphasize that a lot obviously. Danrad Knowles is scoring the ball better. We’re going to him, we have a lot of confidence in Knowles. Knowles only had one rebound today, that’s not going to be good enough . With our team going on, we didn’t play well in a couple games early. We’re a lot better team today than we were then. We are going to be a lot better a month from now then we are today. Losing games is not an issue. I don’t ever worry about that. What I worry about is how do we get better. I’m excited that we have a team that can continue to get better.
Next up for the Cougars will be a Wednesday, December 21 matchup against Liberty College, followed two days later with their final non-conference game against Harvard. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. CST start at Hofheinz Pavilion.

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