Grimes scores 33 points, No. 12 Houston beats WKU 81-57

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Houston guard Quentin Grimes (24) reacts after making a three point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON (AP) — Quentin Grimes scored a career-high 33 points and had six rebounds to help No. 12 Houston beat Western Kentucky 81-57 on Thursday night. Grimes scored 21 points in the first half, including 18 straight at one point. The junior guard finished 11 of 21 from the field, making 8 of 16 on 3-pointers. Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark each had 12 points, and DeJon Jarreau had nine points for Houston (19-3). The Cougars shot 46%, including 13 of 31 on 3-pointers. Taveion Hollingsworth had 17 points, and Charles Bassey added nine points and seven rebounds for Western Kentucky.