After losses in its last two trips, UConn finally left Houston with a win against the Cougars on Sunday. The Hofheinz Pavilion demons lingered through the first half, but the Huskies finished the game on a 16-3 run to seal a 69-57 win.
Houston falls to 13-4 and 3-2 in conference play, missing out an opportunity after Rob Gray Jr. led the team to a 35-28 lead at halftime. Graduate transfers Sterling Gibbs (20 points) and Shonn Miller (14 points) were instrumental in UConn’s second half run, complementing solid defensive stops with buckets to close the gap and eventually pull away with the game in hand.
Losses to Temple and Tulsa have set UConn a few steps back from the pack in the American Athletic Conference, which is currently led by a team (SMU) ineligible for the postseason. The conference is a total toss up at this point after the Mustangs, but UConn stayed in the hunt for a top seed in the tournament by avoiding a loss in a place where the Cougars have had the edge.