Grimes scores 29 points, No. 8 Houston beats South Florida

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South Florida's Justin Brown (13) has his shot defended by Houston's DeJon Jarreau (3) and Brison Gresham during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Quentin Grimes had 29 points and No. 8 Houston beat South Florida 82-65 on Wednesday night, spoiling the Bulls’ first game in 32 days because of coronavirus interruptions. Houston improved to 17-2 overall and 11-2 in the American Athletic. Tied at 25 at the eight-minute mark, the Cougars shot 58% in the first half and led 43-35 at halftime. DeJon Jarreau scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half and also had eight assists. Houston pushed the pace in the second half and outscored USF 29-8 in the first 9:18 of the half to take a 72-44 lead. David Collins led South Florida with 18 points and five rebounds.