HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has signed a contract extension through the 2024-25 season after helping the Cougars to their best season in 35 years.
Plenty of on-court, off-court intrigue in Midwest Region
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last four teams standing in the Midwest Region are a celebration of everything that is good about college basketball: star players, over-achievers, tradition-rich...
Houston moves into Sweet 16 for first time in 35 years
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Houston's fans chanted "Sweet 16" in the final minute of the Cougars' NCAA Tournament win over Ohio State.
The celebration was long overdue — it's been 35 years since the...
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It's beginning to look like old times for Houston in the NCAA Tournament.
Corey Davis scored 26 points to help the third-seeded Cougars beat Georgia State 84-55 in the...
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Kelvin Sampson had little to work with when he took over as Houston's coach in 2014.
The Cougars hadn't won an NCAA Tournament game since Hakeem Olajuwon's final season...
Cincinnati defeats Houston 69-57 for AAC title
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With conference player of the year Jarron Cumberland running the show, No. 24 Cincinnati pulled away to win its second American Athletic Conference...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Houston defense stifled Memphis for the bulk of its semifinal game of the American Athletic Conference tournament. But the final seven minutes almost made the Cougars'...
Davis scores 22 to lead No. 11 Houston past UConn 84-45
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Houston wasn't satisfied with its 14-point halftime lead against UConn. The 11th-ranked Cougars' goal is not to let up for 40 minutes, and it showed against the overmatched...
CINCINNATI (AP) — Galen Robinson Jr. raised his arms at midcourt as the buzzer sounded and red-clad Cincinnati fans headed glumly for the exits. No. 12 Houston has just drubbed the American...
Brooks, Davis help No. 12 Houston beat SMU 90-79
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston rebounded from its second loss of the season to wrap up at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference...
Central Florida beats No. 8 Houston 69-64
HOUSTON (AP) — Central Florida coach Johnny Dawkins is hoping to turn the Knights into a perennial winner in much the same way as Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has elevated the Cougars.
Davis, No. 8 Houston beat East Carolina 99-65 to reach 27-1
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Houston has been just about perfect all season to climb the rankings and take control of the American Athletic Conference race.
Jarreau, Davis lead No. 9 Houston to 71-59 win over USF
HOUSTON (AP) — When South Florida closed within one late in the first half, Corey Davis Jr. said the Cougars got greedy.
Houston quickly extended its lead and never looked back.
Sampson’s family feel has No. 9 Houston soaring
HOUSTON (AP) — When Kelvin Sampson coached at Washington State in the late 1980s his son Kellen and daughter Lauren loved for him to read to them before bed each night.
Davis scores 26 as No. 9 Houston beats Tulane 85-50
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Houston coach Kelvin Sampson was upset at halftime. He felt a lot better when it was over.
Corey Davis Jr. made eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help the ninth-ranked Cougars beat Tulane 85-50 on Sunday for their 10th consecutive victory.
Houston led by 17 on two occasions in the first half, but lowly Tulane closed to 37-28 at halftime. Sampson felt his team did too much performing and not enough competing in the first half.
No. 12 Houston blanks Cincy over final 6 minutes, wins 65-58
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has made defense a big part of the Cougars' DNA.
With No. 25 Cincinnati threatening an upset on Houston's home court, the 12th-ranked Cougars clamped down completely.
Houston held Cincinnati scoreless over the final 6:11, staving off the Bearcats 65-58 on Sunday for a key American Athletic Conference win.
Davis scores 26 points, No. 12 Houston beats UCF 77-68
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Corey Davis Jr. and the No. 12 Houston Cougars dominated at both ends of the court — again.
Davis scored 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting and Houston had another strong defensive effort to beat UCF 77-68 on Thursday night.
"If you just take a white picket fence and put it around the paint, that's how our defense is," Cougars coach Kelvin Sampson said. "They made some difficult shots tonight, but we didn't give up any easy shots."
Brooks, No. 17 Houston beat Tulsa 77-65 for 20th win
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Nate Hinton and No. 17 Houston heated up in a hurry.
Hinton hit a tough 3-pointer as the Cougars broke away late in the first half, becoming the first Division I men's team to reach 20 wins this season by beating Tulsa 77-65 Sunday.
Armoni Brooks scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, for the Cougars (20-1, 7-1 American Athletic Conference).
Brady scores 13, No. 21 Houston holds out USF 69-60
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kelvin Sampson struggled to find appropriate words to describe a truly ugly game.
There were 32 turnovers, 62 fouls, 76 free throws attempted, 32 percent shooting by one team and slightly over 40 percent for the other.
"Not aesthetically pleasing," Sampson said after No. 21 Houston held off South Florida 69-60 on Saturday night. "I felt bad that people had to watch that."
No. 21 Houston leads throughout in 69-58 win at SMU
DALLAS (AP) — Houston coach Kelvin Sampson has been pushing Corey Davis Jr. to be more aggressive and look for more shots.
"He's almost too unselfish," said Sampson, though the senior guard seems to be getting the message from a coach who got his 600th career victory Wednesday night.
Davis scored 15 of his 20 points after halftime, when he made his first seven shots, and No. 21 Houston led throughout in a 69-58 win at SMU. It was Davis' second 20-point game in a row.
Davis, Brooks lead No. 17 Houston past Wichita State
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston needed another second half rally. It all started with pace and point guard Galen Robinson Jr.
Corey Davis Jr. had 20 points, Armoni Brooks added 14 and No. 17 Houston rebounded from its first loss of the season to beat Wichita State 79-70 on Saturday night.
No. 19 Houston beats Memphis to improve to 15-0
HOUSTON (AP) — When Houston needed a spark Sunday night, Armoni Brooks came through for the Cougars.
Brooks scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and hit four of his six 3-pointers and No. 19 Houston remained undefeated with a 90-77 victory over Memphis.
Nate Hinton added 19 points and nine rebounds, Corey Davis Jr and Galen Robinson Jr each had 11 points and DeJon Jarreau scored 10 points. The Cougars (15-0, 2-0 American) extended their home-winning streak to a nation-best 28 games.
Davis, Jarreau lead No. 22 Houston over NJIT 80-59
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston finished off its best nonconference season in school history with a strong second half Saturday.
Corey Davis Jr. scored 19 points, DeJon Jarreau had 13 and No. 22 Houston beat NJIT 80-59 to remain undefeated.
Brison Gresham had 11 points and seven rebounds and Armoni Brooks had 10 points for Houston (13-0), which shot 50 percent overall and 63 percent in the second half.
No. 21 Houston improves to 12-0, routing winless Coppin St
HOUSTON (AP) — Undefeated Houston pushed aside winless Coppin State for yet another home victory.
Corey Davis had 16 points, Breaon Brady added 13 and No. 21 Houston beat Coppin State 75-44 on Sunday to improve to 12-0 and extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 25.
"It means a lot to take care of our home court," Davis said. "It always puts an extra boost in us. It helps that we win all our games, but we make sure we take care of our business at home."
Davis scores 17 points, No. 24 Houston beats Saint Louis
HOUSTON (AP) — Corey Davis Jr. broke out of a shooting slump to help Houston improve to 10-0.
Davis hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and had 17 points in No. 24 Houston's 68-64 comeback victory over Saint Louis on Sunday.
Davis was 3 of 5 from 3-point range and hit all six of his free throws. He entered Sunday shooting 8 of 38 on 3-pointers over his last five games.
Robinson, Brooks rally No. 24 Houston past LSU, 82-76
HOUSTON (AP) — Galen Robinson Jr. heard the "LSU! LSU!" chants with Houston down 15 points in the second half.
"It really touched a nerve, so I was like, 'There's no way I'm quitting, no way we are losing this game.'" Robinson said. "That's the mindset that I had."
Robinson scored 18 points, Armoni Brooks added 13 — all in the second half — and No. 24 Houston overcame the big deficit to beat LSU 82-76 on Wednesday night.
Brooks’ 23 leads Houston past Oklahoma State, 63-53
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Armoni Brooks just keeps getting better from long range.
Brooks shot 7-of-13 from 3-point range, scoring 23 points and pulling down eight rebounds, to help lead Houston over Oklahoma State 63-53 Saturday night.
Brooks, the reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, tied a career high in 3-pointers made, while the Cougars (8-0) connected on 35.3 percent of their 3s overall (12 for 34). Corey Davis Jr. added 14 points and seven rebounds for Houston.
Brooks, Hinton lead Houston past No. 18 Oregon 65-61
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Cougars opened their new home with a big victory.
Armoni Brooks had 22 points and nine rebounds, Nate Hinton added 14 points and Houston won its 20th straight home game, 65-61 over 18th-ranked Oregon on Saturday night.
Brooks was 7 of 14 from the field, including 6 of 13 on 3-pointers, to lead Houston (6-0), which shot 33 percent from the field.
Houston chasing history in NCAA matchup with Michigan
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kelvin Sampson cares very little that Houston won its first NCAA Tournament game this week since the Phi Slama Jama days of Hakeem Olajuwon and Co. nearly 35 year ago.
He might care a little bit more about the historical ramifications.
Wichita, Kan. — How do you stop Houston senior guard Rob Gray?
It's a burning question Michigan will have to come up with an answer for after Gray put on an offensive show at Intrust Bank Arena before the Wolverines took the floor Thursday night.
No. 6 seed Houston faces 11-seed San Diego State in West
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — No. 6 seed Houston (26-7) vs. No. 11 seed San Diego State (22-10)
First round, West Region; Wichita, Kansas; Thursday, 7:20 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Led by star guard Rob Gray, Houston's run to the American Athletic Conference title game locked up an at-large bid to the Cougars' first NCAA Tournament since 2010. San Diego State won the Mountain West with first-year coach Brian Dutcher on the sideline.
HOUSTON (AP) — A NCAA Tournament mainstay for more than a decade starting in the mid-1990s, coach Kelvin Sampson never doubted he would return to the tournament, even after NCAA violations left him effectively barred from college coaching for five years.
"I thought I'd be back in the NCAA Tournament if I came back to college," he said.
Rob Gray, No. 25 Houston hold off UConn 81-71
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Cougars needed a reality check heading into tournament season.
They got one Sunday, but got the win, too.
Rob Gray scored 30 points, Corey Davis Jr. had 17 and No. 25 Houston held off UConn 81-71.
"I thought it was good to have this one today," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "Had we come in here and won by 30, everybody would be slapping us on the back, but this is a little bit of a reality check. This is what tournament basketball is going to be like."
Gray leads No. 25 Houston past SMU 69-56
DALLAS (AP) — The 25th-ranked Houston Cougars can still finish second in the American Athletic Conference thanks to their 69-56 win at SMU on Wednesday night.
Coach Kelvin Sampson said that isn't a high priority for him.
"It doesn't matter to me, whether you're a 2 seed or a 3 seed," he said. "We've beaten everybody in this league. If you want to cut down the nets, you've got to win three games."
No. 23 Houston use big first half in 109-58 win over ECU
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said his Cougars "came out sharp as a blade."
That might be an understatement.
Rob Gray had 19 points and 11 assists, and No. 23 Houston used a huge first half en route to a 109-58 victory over East Carolina on Sunday.
Armoni Brooks added 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point range for the Cougars (22-6, 12-4 American), who shot 67 percent from the field. Corey Davis Jr. chipped in 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
PHILADELPHIA - After his Houston Cougars knocked off No. 5 Cincinnati on Thursday night, Kelvin Sampson's biggest concern before facing Temple on Sunday was making sure his players stopped listening to everyone around them telling them how good they were and getting them to focus on the task at hand.
No. 9 Wichita State cruises past Houston 81-63
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — After watching his team get blown out fairly quickly, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson wished he had spent Thursday night at the movies.
He felt like he was in one as No. 9 Wichita State cruised past his Cougars 81-63.
"You know that movie 'Gladiator'?" he asked. "I felt like one of those guys, like they just threw us in the middle of the ring with no chance."
Gray’s 23 lead Houston past Wake Forest, 78-73
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said his team had not played with Rob Gray before Friday and the start of the Paradise Jam.
It took Gray just three games to make his presence known as a clutch player the Cougars can count on.
Gray scored six of his 23 points during a late 8-0 run for Houston that broke a tie and the Cougars beat Wake Forest 78-73 in the fifth-place game of the Paradise Jam on Sunday.
Coach: Kelvin Sampson (556-310 overall, 56-40 in three seasons at Houston).
Last year: 21-11, 12-6; third in American Athletic Conference; lost to Akron in NIT first round.
Dotson’s 25 points lift as Houston rallies past UConn, 75-70
HOUSTON (AP) — Damyean Dotson had 25 points and nine rebounds and Houston used a big run to start the second half to rally for a 75-70 win over UConn Wednesday night.
Rob Gray added 16 points for Houston (19-8, 10-5 American), which shot 34 percent. Devin Davis had 11 points, and Kyle Meyer had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars, which hit 9 for 10 from the free throw line in the final minute.
Houston holds UConn to 12 points in 1st half, wins 62-46
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rob Gray scored 20 points and Houston held UConn to 12 first-half points in a 62-46 victory on Wednesday.
Danrad Knowles and Damyean Dotson each added 10 points for the Cougars (10-3), who never trailed in the American Athletic Conference opener for both schools. Houston dominated in the paint, outscoring UConn 26-12.