HOUSTON (AP) Quentin Grimes rebounded from a rough opener by heading on the attack.
Grimes experienced 25 factors and 8 rebounds, Caleb Mills extra twelve factors and No. seventeen Houston defeat Boise State sixty eight-fifty eight on Friday in the Southwest Showcase.
Grimes was 9 of 15 from the ground soon after scoring 8 factors on 3-of-15 capturing in an opening victory above Lamar on Wednesday.
“My teammates did a excellent job of obtaining me,” Grimes reported. “When I stored capturing it and building it, Marcus (Sasser) did a excellent job of obtaining me and receiving me in my rhythm. … I was just in attack mode.”
Grimes scored seventeen initial-half factors to lead Houston to a 34-19 advantage.
“Quentin got heading finish of the initial half,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson reported. “We went to him and spaced the ground and let him go. … He’s enhanced in so lots of locations. He’s a good defender. He’s becoming a good rebounder he’s receiving harder he can score.”
Marcus Sasser experienced 10 factors for Houston. The Cougars shot forty one%, outrebounded Boise State forty nine-26, and experienced a 15-two advantage in next-chance factors.
Rayj Dennis scored eighteen factors on 8-of-thirteen capturing to lead the Broncos in their opener. Marcus Shaver Jr. extra sixteen factors and seven rebounds, and Mladen Armus experienced eleven factors and six rebounds.
“We missed some pictures early like a pair lay-ins and a boatload of totally free throws,” Boise State coach Leon Rice reported. “We just dug ourselves too major of a hole. I like what I noticed with some of the things in the next half.”
Mountain West preseason participant of the yr Derrick Alston Jr. was scoreless on -of-six capturing. Boise State shot forty one%, heading 1 of sixteen on 3-pointers. The Broncos ended up 15 of 26 from the totally free throw line.
“I believe we experienced some initial recreation jitters that we experienced to get out in the initial half,” Dennis reported. “Like missing totally free throws is uncharacteristic and us receiving defeat on the rebounds is uncharacteristic. All those are issues we can deal with.”
Houston applied a 21-five operate to open up a 32-fourteen lead with 5 minutes remaining in the initial half. Grimes scored 15 factors in the operate, which includes the last 10.
Immediately after the Cougars pushed the lead to 20 with 9 1/two minutes remaining in the next half, the Broncos applied a eighteen-five spurt to reduce it to 57-fifty with 3 1/two minutes remaining.
Boise State: The Broncos struggled early, capturing 29% and hitting 1 of 8 on 3-pointers in the initial half. Boise State, which was picked to complete next in the Mountain West, was in a position to score down very low, finishing with 38 factors in the paint and got out on in changeover, scoring 21 rapid-crack factors.
Houston: The Cougars experienced 5 players seize at the very least 5 rebounds, led by J’Wan Roberts, who experienced fourteen rebounds. Houston experienced problems with turnovers, committing seventeen, and also ran into foul problems, with seven players committing at the very least a few fouls. The Cougars ended up 15 of seventeen on totally free throws.
“My part is not to go and score 15 factors a recreation,” Roberts reported. “We have fellas to do that. I’m the male to get them next (chance) factors simply because we have hardly ever been a initial shot group.”
HE Stated IT
“This early in the year you have to find out who you are. We haven’t performed adequate basketball to know who we are still and who goes in which and who does what. … The next recreation of the yr, we got up 20 towards a seriously good group. That tells you how good we can be.” – Sampson on his group discovering roles.
Boise State: Plays Sam Houston State in Fort Really worth on Sunday as aspect of the Southwest Showcase.
Houston: Faces No. fourteen Texas Tech in Fort Really worth on Sunday as aspect of the Southwest Showcase.