San Jose State tops Houston 72-68

The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Rashad Muhammad's 3-pointer with 1:32 left in the second half helped seal a big comeback as San Jose State beat Houston 72-68 on Saturday night.

Muhammad scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half for the Spartans (3-6), who trailed by as many as 15 in the game and 13 with 8:38 left in the contest. San Jose State used an 18-1 run over the next five minutes to take a 65-61 lead. The San Jose State defense held Houston (6-4) to just three field goals in the last 10:18 of the game.

With San Jose State trailing 66-65, Muhammad drilled his fifth 3-pointer of the game to give San Jose State the lead for good. The Cougars would not get any closer than two points for the rest of the game.

Jalen James scored 12 points, dished out 10 assists and pulled down 13 rebounds to record the second triple-double in school history.

Devante Wilson added 16 points to help San Jose State stop a two-game losing streak. The Spartans have won three of their last five games after a four-game losing streak to start the season.

Isaac Thornton and D.J. Brown added eight points apiece for San Jose State, who avenged a 77-75 loss to the Cougars last November in California.

Jherrod Stiggers scored 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting for Houston. Brandon Morris added 17 points and TaShawn Thomas had 12 for the Cougars. Houston has lost four of five after starting the season with a five-game winning streak.

The Spartans opened the second half with a 10-6 burst and pulled to within 47-42 with 14:24 left in the game, but Houston countered with a 13-5 run - led by Morris' eight points - to take a 60-47 lead with 8:38 to play.

That's when Muhammad got hot and drove the Spartans' 18-1 run over the next five minutes. Muhammad scored 13 points, including nine from beyond the arc. Brown (three points) and James (two points) also scored during the second-half run.

Houston led 41-29 at the half as Stiggers led all players with 15 first-half points. After falling behind 4-1 early, the Cougars rolled off a 21-3 run to take a 22-7 lead with 9 minutes left in the half.

San Jose State's Jaleel Williams landed awkwardly and left the game with a right knee injury with 14:57 left in the first half and did not return. Williams' is the Spartans' second leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points per game.

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