Cincinnati guard Troy Caupain (10) shoots against Houston forward Devonta Pollard (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 70-59. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Gary Landers
January 13, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) Gary Clark had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists on Wednesday night and Cincinnati avoided a late challenge to beat Houston 70-59.

Cincinnati (13-5, 3-2 American) had a 12-point lead at the half and stretched it to 16 with just under 14 minutes to go. Houston closed within 59-56 at 5:37 left but got no closer.

Kevin Johnson's 3-pointer pushed the lead back to six, Clark added a tip-in and two free throws, and the Bearkats closed on an 11-3 run and snapped Houston's five-game winning streak.

Johnson had four 3-pointers with 15 points, Farad Cobb scored 14 and Octavius Ellis had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

LeRon Barnes made 5 of 6 from 3-point range and led the Cougars (13-3, 3-1) with 17 points. Galen Robinson Jr. added 13 points and Damyean Dotson grabbed 11 rebounds.

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