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Houston improves to 24-1, downs UCONN 71-63

The Houston Cougars may not get mentioned by many college basketball experts alongside the likes of Duke, Michigan, or Virginia, but that’s just fine with them! This team loves flying under the national spotlight for one simple reason, they know they have something special this year.

CBS Sports indicates that the Cougars won their ninth straight game on Thursday evening as they downed the UConn Huskies by the final score of 71-63. The win improved the ninth-ranked Cougars to 24-1 on the season.

Houston guard DeJon Jarreau lead all scorers with 18 points. Jarreau, a sophomore transfer from Massachusetts believes he’s gotten his rhythm back on the court. If so, that is only going to make this Cougars team that much more powerful come tournament time.

Armoni Brooks scored 12 points and Corey Davis Jr. added 10 for the Cougars in the big road win. Houston now leads the American Athletic Conference by a game and a half over the Cincinnati Bearcats and they hold a two-and-a-half game lead over Central Florida.

As for the Huskies, they have not been the same since losing their leading scorer Jalen Adams to a knee injury. Christian Vital led UCONN with 15 points while Sidney Wilson added 12 but it wasn’t enough against the high powered Cougars. The loss was the third straight for the Huskies.

Next up for the Cougars is a trip to Tulane on Saturday, December 16 to face the last place Green Wave. Tulane is currently 4-19 overall and 0-11 in the American Athletic Conference. Houston needs to take this game seriously and not look ahead.

With a win on Saturday, the Cougars will control their own destiny in claiming the regular season American Athletic Conference crown. Houston finishes the season on March 2 against Central Florida – a team that could still catch the Cougars in terms of winning the division.