Memphis coasts past Houston in 62-44 win

HOUSTON (AP) Austin Nichols scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots to lead Memphis to a 62-44 win over Houston on Sunday.

Markel Crawford added 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting and Kedren Johnson had 10 points to help Memphis (9-6, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) snap a two-game skid.

Leading by six at the break, the Tigers broke it open early in the second half by pouring in 13 unanswered points, including a dunk from Shaq Goodwin to ignite the run, to make it 48-30 with 9:11 to go. They continued to pull away down the stretch.

Memphis held Houston (7-8, 0-4) to just 33 percent shooting on 48 attempts from the floor. The Tigers hit 23 of 53 from the field and edged the Cougars at the foul line, 12-8, in made free throws.

Jherrod Stiggers made three 3-pointers and had 13 points for Houston.

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