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Grimes scores 25 points, No. 17 Houston beats Boise State


              Boise State guard Max Rice, left, and guard RayJ Dennis, center, battle for the loose ball over Houston forward J'Wan Roberts, bottom, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Boise State guard Max Rice, left, and guard RayJ Dennis, center, battle for the loose ball over Houston forward J'Wan Roberts, bottom, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

HOUSTON (AP) — Quentin Grimes had 25 points and eight rebounds, Caleb Mills added 12 points and No. 17 Houston beat Boise State 68-58 on Friday in the Southwest Showcase.

Grimes was 9 of 15 from the floor after scoring eight points on 3-of-15 shooting in an opening victory over Lamar on Wednesday. Grimes scored 17 first-half points to lead Houston to a 34-19 advantage.

Marcus Sasser had 10 points for Houston. The Cougars shot 41%, outrebounded Boise State 49-26, and had a 15-2 advantage in second-chance points.

Rayj Dennis scored 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting to lead the Broncos in their opener. Marcus Shaver Jr. added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Mladen Armus had 11 points and six rebounds.

Mountain West preseason player of the year Derrick Alston Jr. was scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting. Boise State shot 41%, going 1 of 16 on 3-pointers. The Broncos were 15 of 26 from the free throw line.

Houston used a 21-5 run to open up a 32-14 lead with five minutes remaining in the first half. Grimes scored 15 points in the run, including the final 10.

After the Cougars pushed the lead to 20 with 9 1/2 minutes remaining in the second half, the Broncos used a 18-5 spurt to cut it to 57-50 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Boise State: The Broncos struggled early, shooting 29% and hitting 1 of 8 on 3-pointers in the first half. Boise State, which was picked to finish second in the Mountain West, was able to score down low, finishing with 38 points in the paint and got out on in transition, scoring 21 fast-break points.

Houston: The Cougars had five players grab at least five rebounds, led by J’Wan Roberts, who had 13 rebounds. Houston had trouble with turnovers, committing 17, and also ran into foul trouble, with seven players committing at least three fouls. The Cougars were 15 of 17 on free throws.

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Boise State: Plays Sam Houston State in Fort Worth on Sunday as part of the Southwest Showcase.

Houston: Faces No. 14 Texas Tech in Fort Worth on Sunday as part of the Southwest Showcase.

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