STORRS, Conn. (AP) Christian Vital scored 26 points in his final home game and UConn beat No. 21 Houston 77-71 on Thursday night.
Freshman James Bouknight added 17 points and Isaiah Whaley had 13 for the Huskies (18-12, 9-8 American Athletic Conference), who won their fourth straight game, but just their second this season over a ranked opponent.
Quentin Grimes scored 24 points and Caleb Mills added 20 for Houston (22-8, 12-5), which fell into a tie for second place in the conference.
UConn took control with a 15-2 run in the second half while Houston's Nate Hinton and DeJon Jarreau dealt with foul trouble.
The Cougars led by seven at the half.
But Hinton picked up his third foul early in the second half and Bouknight converted a four-point play that energized UConn.
A 3-pointer from Vital tied the game at 41 and an off-balance shot by Jalen Gaffney gave UConn its first lead of the half at 47-45. >> Read more
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