No. 12 Houston blows out USF with huge first-half run

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Houston guard Quentin Grimes, left, celebrates his 3-point basket with Fabian White Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON (AP) — Quentin Grimes scored 22 points, all in the first half, to lead No. 12 Houston to a 98-52 win over South Florida. Grimes scored 16 straight points at one point as the Cougars put the game away with a huge first-half run. DeJon Jarreau added 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Houston, which won its third straight and reached 20 wins for the sixth consecutive season. The Cougars shot 60% and made 15 of 33 3-pointers. Houston forced the Bulls into 15 turnovers and converted those into 22 points. Xavier Castaneda scored 11 points for USF, which has lost five of six.