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Cameron Tyson scores 31 points to lead Houston in 83-60 demolition of Tulane

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UPDATED: January 29, 2021 -- 4:19 p.m. CT

POSTED: January 29, 2021 -- 10:10 a.m. CT

NEW ORLEANS, LA (Fogleman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse) -- The 6th-ranked Houston Cougars (4th in NET, 6th in AP, 6th in USA Today) unleashed a new weapon Thursday night in an 83-60 demolition of the Tulane Green Wave: redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Tyson. Cam came off the bench to score a career-high 31 points in just 26 minutes of action. Cam tied a UH school record by making 9 three-pointers in a single game. Cam became the second Cougar in program history make 9 threes (Robert "Fluff" McKiver).

Cam's 31 point performance is the first 30-plus point game for a Coog this season and first since Quentin Grimes, at Rice (Nov. 19, 2019).

Quentin Grimes, Houston's leading scorer, did not play versus Tulane because of a sprained left ankle. Grimes was on the bench with a boot on his left foot. Cam Tyson filled in for Grimes quite well. Houston's second-leading scorer, Marcus Sasser, only scored 3 points in Houston's blowout victory.

Tulane was playing its first game since January 16 after dealing with COVID-19 issues for nearly two weeks. The Green Wave struggled mightily to make shots in the first half. Tulane (6-5 overall, 1-5 in the American Athletic Conference) missed 10 consecutive shots and 22 of 23 shots in the opening half.

Houston (14-1, 9-1) led 17-5 when Cam Tyson checked into the game at the 12:28 mark of the first half. After Marcus Sasser made his only three-point shot of the game for a 20-5 Houston lead, Cam sank back-to-back three-pointers to increase Houston's lead to 26-7. His third 3-point basket gave Houston a 36-8 lead. Cam's 4th 3-pointer put Houston on top 41-12; and, for good measure, Cam sank his 5th 3-pointer of the first half with 15 seconds remaining in the half to give Houston a 44-14 lead at halftime.

Cam Tyson outscored Tulane 15-14 in the first half. Tulane made 4 of 32 field goal attempts (12.5 fg%) in the first half. The Green Wave was 0 for 13 from three in the first half. Tulane score 0.487 points per possession in the half.

Houston shot 9 for 19 from three in the first half and scored 1.467 points per possession in the half.

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The Green Wave pulled within 24 four times in the first five minutes of the second half; however, Houston had an answer each time to keep Tulane from getting no closer. Cam Tyson was the answer three times. Cam sank his 6th, 7th, and 8th three-pointers to boost Houston's lead to 62-30 with 12:49 left in the ball game.

The only drama remaining was whether or not Cam would tie or break the school record for most threes made in a game. After a torrid 8 for 11 start from three, Cam missed his next 3 three-point attempts before sinking his ninth 3-pointer with 59 seconds remaining in the game to cap off Houston's scoring.

Tramon Mark, started in place of Grimes, and scored 16 points on 6 for 12 field goal shooting. Mark added 3 assists and 5 rebounds.

Justin Gorham pulled down 15 rebounds. Gorham has had double-digits rebounds in 7 consecutive games. Gorham is the first Cougar to record seven consecutive double-digit rebounding performances since Tim Moore had 8-game streak during the 1994-94 season.

The initial posting of this game summary stated Gorham's double-digit rebounding streak of 7 straight games was the most since Greg "Cadillac" Anderson (1985-86).

Houston has not trailed in 194 minutes of game action. The Cougars last trailed in the first half vs. Tulane on Jan. 9 -- 19 days ago.


Houston's next game is scheduled for Sunday, January 31, at noon, vs the SMU Mustangs. ESPN will broadcast the game.

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