The Associated Press

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When: 5 p.m. Dec. 8

HOUSTON — The Houston Cougars opened their new home with a big victory.

Armoni Brooks had 22 points and nine rebounds, Nate Hinton added 14 points and Houston won its 20th straight home game, 65-61 over 18th-ranked Oregon on Saturday night.

Brooks was 7 of 14 from the field, including 6 of 13 on 3-pointers, to lead Houston (6-0), which shot 33 percent from the field.

Corey Davis had 12 points for Houston, which opened its new $60 million Fertitta Center. The Cougars’ previous 19 straight home wins came at Texas Southern’s H&PE Arena, their temporary home while the new arena was under construction.

“There’s always one first night, one opening night,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said, adding that with the recent facility upgrades at Houston, “We can play big-time basketball. We are knocking on the door, and these facilities are going to help us.”

Bol Bol had 23 points and seven rebounds, and Will Richardson added 16 points for the Ducks (4-3), who lost their second straight after falling at home to Texas Southern on Monday. Oregon shot 40 percent from the field.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We are not a very good basketball team, so we have a lot of work to do.”

Trailing by 14, Oregon used an 11-2 run to close within 62-57 on Bol’s three-point play with 38 seconds left. After Brooks missed two free throws, Richardson connected on two free throws to cut the lead to three with 23 seconds left. Cedrick Alley connected on 1 of 2 free throws before Bol followed with a dunk to cut the lead to two with 10 seconds left, but then Brooks hit two free throws to ice the win.

“When a team’s coming back on you, most time it’s due to your contribution,” Sampson said. “We were turning the ball over and missing free throws, so my thought was don’t turn the ball over and make your free throws. That was about it.”

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