Rashad Muhammad scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and San Jose State erased a 15-point deficit for a 72-68 win over the Houston Cougars at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston Saturday night.
The Spartans (3-6) trailed 41-29 at the half and were down 13 with 8:38 remaining before going on an 18-1 run to take control of the game.
The Cougars (6-4) scored just three field goals in the final 10:18.
San Jose State was down 66-65 with 1:32 remaining when Muhammad drilled his fifth 3-pointer of the game to put the Spartans on top to stay.
Muhammad scored his 21 points in just 23 minutes. Devante Wilson added 16 points and Jalen James recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
Jherrod Stiggers led the Cougars with 20 points. Brandon Morris had 17 points, five rebounds and three steals, TaShawn Thomas scored 10 points and had two blocked shots, L.J. Rose led Houston with four assists and Danrad Knowles blocked a pair of shots.
San Jose State stopped a two-game losing streak while Houston has dropped four of five after a 5-0 start.
The Spartans are idle until returning home to host UC Davis (3-6) on Dec. 18 for an 8 p.m. Pacific contest.