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Galen Robinson Jr. scored 19, on 8-of-11 shooting, and Rob Gray Jr. added 16 points to help Houston beat Tulsa 81-66 Monday night


HOUSTON — scored 19, on 8-of-11 shooting, and added 16 points to help Houston beat Tulsa 81-66 Monday night.

had 12 points and 10 rebounds, scored 11 and Damyean Dotson finished with nine points and nine rebounds for the Cougars.

Houston (14-6, 4-4 American Athletic Conference) opened the game on a 9-0 run and Gray's 3-pointer with 12:26 left in the first half sparked a 16-2 spurt that made it 31-14 about 5 ½ minutes later.

The Cougars led by as many as 21 before taking a 40-27 lead into halftime.

Houston led by double figures throughout the second half.

Tulsa (13-7, 5-3) committed a season-low five turnovers, but couldn't overcome its poor shooting. The Golden Hurricane shot just 32.8 percent, including 3 of 26 (11.5 percent) from 3-point range.

Pat Birt scored 16 and added 15 points for Tulsa.

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