By Sally Fahey
Quentin Grimes had 22 points and seven rebounds, Justin Gorham 14 points and 12 boards, and No. 6 Houston beat Temple 76-50.
Reggie Chaney had 13 points and Tramon Mark scored 12 for Houston (6-0).
J.P. Moorman II scored 12 points and Brendan Barry had nine for Temple (1-1), which shot 29%.
”I thought we were a step slow,” Temple coach Aaron McKie said. ”I thought we missed some passes. With this team, what I tried to explain to the guys, we’re not going to beat them on one side of the floor. We want to try to move the ball and get it from side-to-side. The ball kept sticking.”
The Cougars outrebounded Temple 43-26, including a 15-9 advantage on the offensive boards. Houston used that advantage for a 17-4 edge in second chance points.
Houston used a 12-2 run over a four-minute span to open up a 25-10 lead on a 3-pointer by DeJon Jarreau with 8:46 left in the first half. The Cougars led 32-22 at the half.
Houston outscored the Owls 23-8 to open the second half and extended its lead to 55-30 on a layup by Chaney with 12:20 remaining. Gorham had eight points in the run.