MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Corey Davis Jr. scored 22 points and top-seeded Houston defeated No. 9 UConn 84-45 in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday at FedExForum.
Galen Robinson Jr. finished with 16 points, missing only one of his eight shots. Nate Hinton added 15 points for No. 11/12 Houston (30-2), the tournament's top seed. Houston is the first team in The American and second team in the nation to reach 30 victories this season (Gonzaga, 30-3).
Houston will face the winner of the game between No. 5 Memphis and No. 4 UCF in Saturday's semifinals.
Jalen Adams led UConn (16-17) with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Josh Carlton added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Adams ends his career ranked second all-time in The American in scoring with 1,706 career points. He finished the season four points behind former Houston guard Rob Gray, who holds the record with 1,710 career points.
UConn missed its first five shots, helping the Cougars to an 11-0 start. But the buffer was short-lived as UConn went on a 7-0 run. The Cougars eventually extended the advantage to 16 in the closing minutes of the first half. They led 39-25 at the break behind 15 points by Davis.
Houston continued its surge, using an 11-0 run to extend the lead to 52-29.
Eight minutes into the second half, the Cougars had made 11 of their 17 shots and stretched the lead to 32. The Cougars outscored the Huskies 45-20 in the second half, while shooting 47.2 percent from the field (17-36). Houston had 30 points off the bench with 10 players recording at least one field goal.
In the second half, the Huskies started 2-of-13, and missed all six 3-pointers. UConn reached the quarterfinals after an 80-73 victory over the eighth-seed USF.
The Cougars showed why they are ranked near the top 10 in the country. The tournament's top seed used balanced scoring and a stifling defense against UConn. They held the Huskies to 26-percent shooting for the game, including 3-of-26 from 3-point range.