— Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾 (@UHCougarMBK) December 17, 2018
Guard Corey Davis hit a go-ahead three pointer with 20 seconds remaining, lifting the 24th-ranked Houston Cougars to a 68-64 victory over Saint Louis Sunday afternoon.
Houston, one of nine undefeated teams in NCAA Division I, played before an announced home crowd of 6,131 at the Fertitta Center and improved to 10-0 on the season.
The Cougars trailed 63-60 with 1:37 remaining but rallied down the stretch for their 23rd straight victory at home.
Davis, a senior from Lafayette, Louisiana, finished with a team-high 17 points for Houston. Armoni Brooks and Galen Robinson, Jr., had 13 each.
The Cougars won the game on the defensive end as they limited the visitors to 36.7 percent shooting from the field.
Javon Bess led the Billikens with 17 points. Bess snared an offensive rebound in the final seconds but missed on a jumper that would have tied the game.
Davis hit two free throws at the end to seal it for Houston, dropping Saint Louis to 7-3 on the season.
Saint Louis 7-3
Saint Louis was the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic 10. The Billikens had posted victories over Butler and Oregon State. Houston was picked third in the American Athletic Conference poll, behind UCF and Cincinnati.
Kansas (9-0), Virginia (9-0), Michigan (11-0), Nevada (11-0), Texas Tech (10-0), Houston (10-0), Buffalo (10-0), Furman (12-0), St. John’s (10-0).