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Tulsa, Houston Both Improve to 6-1 in American Play


Tulsa and Houston both improved to 6-1 in American Athletic Conference men's basketball play on Sunday (Jan. 26).

Tulsa 79, UConn 75 (OT) - Box Score

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Martins Igbanu scored a career-high 28 points and Tulsa held off UConn, 79-75, in overtime Sunday to pick up its fifth straight win.

Darien Jackson and Brandon Rachal each added 14 points for the Golden Hurricane (14-7, 6-1 American), who were picked to finish 10th in the American Athletic Conference but are currently in first place.

Freshman James Bouknight had 16 points for the Huskies (10-9, 1-5) who have lost four straight and six of seven.

Tulsa led by five points at halftime and were up 41-32 after a layup from Jackson early in the second half.

But UConn responded with a trapping press on defense and went on a 12-0 run, highlighted by Sidney Wilson's drive through contact that gave the Huskies the lead.

A 3-pointer from Jeriah Horne from the left wing tied the game at 58 with just under two minutes to play and a goaltending call on Akok Akok with 50 seconds left put the Hurricane up by two.

It was 61-58 when Jackson leaped to block Christian Vital's 3-point attempt from the left baseline with 3.4 seconds left, but was called for a foul.

The senior guard hit the first two before a Tulsa timeout, then calmly hit the third in front of a silent arena to tie the game.

Tulsa scored the first six points of extra time with a layup, an ally-oop dunk and pair of free throws and held off the Huskies the rest of the way.

The Hurricane made all five of their shots in overtime and were 8 of 10 from the foul line.

Houston 68, USF 49 - Box Score

HOUSTON (AP) -- DeJon Jarreau had 12 points and six assists, Fabian White Jr. added 11 points, and No. 25 Houston beat USF, 68-49, on Sunday.

Caleb Mills had 11 points, and Chris Harris Jr. finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Houston (16-4, 6-1 American) shot 42% in winning its fourth straight game.

The Cougars held a 37-32 advantage in rebounding and had 17 second chance points. Houston outscored the Bulls 34-26 in points in the paint.

Michael Durr had eight points and six rebounds, Antun Maricevic also scored eight points and Ezacuras Dawson III and Rashun Williams each added seven points for South Florida (8-12, 1-6). The Bulls lost their fifth straight game.

The Bulls shot 37%, including 3 of 16 on 3-pointers.

Houston went on a 17-5 run over a seven-minute span of the first half to take a 31-21 lead on two free throws by Jarreau with 1 1/2 minutes left in the half. Houston led 31-23 at the half behind eight points from Jarreau.

Houston used an 11-1 run to open up a 44-28 lead on a layup by Marcus Sasser with 12 1/2 minutes left in the game. The Bulls got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.