Houston 66, Memphis 53

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HOUSTON (AP)—Brian Latham scored 22 points and Ramon Dyer added a career-high 19, leading Houston to a 66-53 victory over Memphis on Saturday.

Dyer scored 16 points in the second half, helping the Cougars (14-9, 5-4 Conference USA) get their 1,000th win in school history. Houston improved to 1,000-672 in 60 years of basketball.

The Cougars are now 10-1 at home this season, with its only loss coming against Tulane on Jan. 26.

Anthony Rice and Darius Washington each scored 12 points to lead Memphis (13-10, 6-3), which had its three-game winning streak ended.

Memphis, which ranks 13th out of 14 C-USA teams in assist-to-turnover ratio, held a 30-25 halftime lead but was ultimately doomed by tying a season high with 26 turnovers.

The Cougars ran off 14 straight points to take a 39-32 lead early in the second half, holding Memphis scoreless for almost seven minutes. During that stretch, the Tigers committed seven turnovers and missed seven shots.

Rice hit a 3 to end the Tigers’ drought with 11:25 to go, and Memphis quickly tied the score up at 39.

But Houston went on another late run, with Dyer hitting a 3 and Latham stealing the ball from Washington and scoring on a layup to give the Cougars a 52-44 lead.

Memphis would never get any closer down the stretch.

The Cougars won despite getting just eight points from leading scorer Andre Owens, who averages 18.1 points a game.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
D. Washington Jr. D. Washington Jr.
3-9,  12 Pts
7 Rebs, 3 Assists
R. Dyer R. Dyer
6-11,  19 Pts
11 Rebs, 0 Assists

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