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Davis scores 17 points, No. 24 Houston beats Saint Louis

HOUSTON (AP) _ Corey Davis Jr. hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and had 17 points in No. 24 Houston’s 68-64 comeback victory over Saint Louis on Sunday.

Davis was 3 of 5 from 3-point range and hit all six of his free throws. Armoni Brooks had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Galen Robinson Jr. added 13 for Houston (10-0) in its 23rd straight at home.

Javon Bess had 17 points for Saint Louis (7-3), Tramaine Isabell Jr. added 16, and Jordan Goodwin had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Billikens 37 percent from the field.

Davis gave Houston a 66-63 lead with the 3-pointer from the left wing. DeJon Jarreau blocked Fred hatch Jr.’s jumper to start the play, and Fabian White Jr. grabbed the defensive rebound.

On the ensuing possession, Bess missed a 3-pointer but got his own rebound, and Goodwin was fouled shooting a 2-pointer with five seconds left. Goodwin made the first and missed the second intentionally, but Bess’ jumper off the rebound missed, and Davis got the rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws to ice it.

Trailing 60-58 with four minutes remaining, the Billikens reeled off five straight to take a three-point lead on Goodwin’s layup with 1:45 remaining. After White’s two free throws cut the lead to one, Isabel missed a 3-pointer, and Brooks got the rebound and was fouled, hitting one of two with 1:09 remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Saint Louis: The Billikens are expected to compete for the Atlantic-10 championship. Saint Louis beat Seton Hall and Butler and played Pittsburgh and Houston close now. Saint Louis forced Houston into 14 turnovers while committing just eight of its own.

Houston: For a second straight game, the Cougars had to pull out a win late after beating LSU 82-76 on Wednesday night. … Houston outrebounded Saint Louis 41-35 and took advantage at the free throw line, hitting 18 of 25. The Cougars got into foul trouble for a second straight game, committing 22 fouls.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After a 2-0 week, Houston should move up in the AP Top 25 rankings and could sneak into the top 20.

UP NEXT

Saint Louis: Hosts North Carolina Central on Wednesday night.

Houston: Hosts Utah State on Thursday night.

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