In American Athletic Conference men's basketball action, Houston and Tulsa picked up home wins in their conference openers Friday (Jan. 3).
Houston 76, UCF 63 - Box Score
HOUSTON (AP) -- Nate Hinton scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, notching his sixth double-double this season, and Houston topped UCF, 78-63, on Friday night, winning a fifth-straight game.
Fabian White Jr. added 13 points for Houston (11-3, 1-0 American Athletic Conference), DeJon Jarreau added 12 points all from the free throw line, and Quentin Grimes scored 10.
Houston led 37-33 at halftime and saw UCF cut its lead to two points twice in the early going of the second half.