Brooks leads Houston in 79-68 win over cross-town rival Rice
Houston took a 7-6 lead on Brooks' jumper and stayed ahead the rest of the way. The Cougars led 40-29 at halftime and by as many as 18 points in the second half.
The Owls closed to 74-66 on Ako Adams' 3 with 57 seconds left, but Houston stopped the rally with five straight free throws.
Adams scored 19 points with five assists and Jack Williams added 11 points for the Owls (2-2).