Jarreau, White pace No. 25 Cougars in 68-49 win over USF

Jarreau, White pace No. 25 Cougars in 68-49 win over USF
Houston guard DeJon Jarreau (3) looks for a way around South Florida guard Laquincy Rideau (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

HOUSTON (AP) — DeJon Jarreau had 12 points and six assists, Fabian White Jr. added 11 points, and No. 25 Houston beat South Florida 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 ½ 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 ½ minutes left in the game. The Bulls got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

BIG PICTURE

South Florida: The Bulls have not beaten a ranked opponent since defeating Louisville in 2012 and have lost their last 29 games against ranked opponents.

Houston: The Cougars won their sixth straight against South Florida. Houston struggled on 3-pointers shooting 5 of 21. The Cougars committed nine turnovers but forced 18 turnovers, which they turned into 18 points.

UP NEXT

South Florida visits Tulane on Wednesday.

Houston travels to East Carolina on Wednesday.