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HOUSTON — Ja’Vier Francis scored 14 points, star Marcus Sasser had 12 factors within the first eight minutes earlier than leaving with a reduce over his eye, and top-ranked Houston coasted to a 76-42 win over North Florida on Tuesday evening.

Sasser, who entered the sport averaging 17.5 factors, made two 3-pointers early because the Cougars scored the primary eight factors of the sport. He continued his sizzling begin and scored 12 factors as Houston (9-0) constructed a 24-13 lead with about 12 minutes left within the first half. But, he bought hit within the face quickly after and left the sport with a reduce above his left eye.

A college spokesman stated he obtained stitches for the reduce and was questionable to return. But, he didn’t come again with the Cougars holding an enormous lead for the remainder of the evening.

The Cougars had been up by 10 about 4 minutes after Sasser’s damage after which used a 14-0 run, with two 3-pointers by Emanuel Sharp, to finish the half and take a 42-18 lead into the break. The Ospreys missed eight photographs and had 4 turnovers in that span, permitting Houston to pad the lead.

Houston held North Florida (2-6) to 29.2% capturing and compelled 10 turnovers earlier than the break.

The Cougars entered the sport main the nation in scoring protection by permitting simply 48 factors a recreation and continued their stingy defensive play Tuesday to remain undefeated.

Jarace Walker had 12 factors with 10 rebounds for Houston, and Tramon Mark scored 10.

Jarius Hicklen made a 3-pointer for North Florida to start out the second half, however the Cougars scored the following eight factors to stretch the result in 50-21 with about 14½ minutes to go.

Hicklen led the Ospreys with 12 factors but additionally had 5 turnovers as they dropped their second straight recreation.

Sasser’s efficiency gave him 1,006 factors in his career, making him the fiftieth participant at school historical past to succeed in 1,000 factors. His two 3-pointers Tuesday gave him 200 in his career, making him simply the seventh Cougar to succeed in that mark.

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The Cougars had one other nice defensive efficiency however may have to discover a approach to produce extra offensively as they start to face more durable competitors starting Saturday after they meet No. 8 Alabama.

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North Florida: Hosts Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.

Houston: Hosts Alabama on Saturday.

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