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Kelvin Sampson Joins the 600 Win Club

No. 21 Cougars defeat SMU to improve to 17-1

January 17, 2019 - 11:56 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Kelvin Sampson becomes the newest member of the 600 win club in college basketball as No. 21 Houston defeats SMU in Dallas, 69-58.

Sampson is in his fifth head coaching spot in what is his 30th year coaching in college.  Add up the 73 wins in four years at Montana Tech from 1981 and 1985, the 103 wins in seven years between 1987 and 1994, the 279 wins in 12 years at Oklahoma between 1994 and 2006, the 43 wins in two years at Indiana from 2006 and 2008, and now 100 wins in his fifth season at Houston in which he’s turned a once forgotten program into a national power.

Wednesday’s win against SMU was in some ways like many of the other 599.  The stingy defense, holding SMU to 58 points on 38 percent shooting is Sampson ball.  Keeping the Mustangs’ best scorer Jahmal McMurray to 11 points, well below his season average is Sampson ball.

More of Sampson’s style was on display on the offensive end as his team turned the ball over just four times, and the veteran head coach put his two best scorers in position to score as Corey Davis scored 20 points, 15 in the second half, and Armoni Brooks was red hot in the first half on his way to finishing with 19 points.

While Sampson will certainly, and deservedly, enjoy the moment, it won’t take long for him to quickly put the focus back on his 17-1 team that faces another stiff road test Saturday at USF.