No. 17 Houston outlasts No. 14 Texas Tech

Solid defense will camouflage a lot of problems and Houston is a team built around success on that end of the court.That turned out to be advantageous Sunday when the 17th-ranked Cougars were oppressively good on defense in a 64-53 win over 14th-ranked Texas Tech in a top-20 matchup in Fort Worth.Houston held on down the stretch despite going the final 12:27 without a made field goal — a drought that supplied some fuel for a furious Red Raiders rally.Marcus Sasser led the Cougars (3-0) with 17 points and Quentin Grimes added 15. Houston was clutch at the free-throw line, hitting 16-of-21 — a vast difference from Texas Tech’s frustrating night at the stripe (13-of-24).Texas Tech also shot just 22.2 percent from the 3-point line.Mac McClung’s 16 points paced the Red Raiders, but his struggles typified his team’s: He was 0-for-6 from 3-point territory and 3-for-11 from the floor overall. Freshman Micah Peavy scored 12 points before fouling out late in the game.