EditorsNote: modifications to “top-5 group” in second graf; provides “DeJon” in seventh graf; provides new final graf
Brandon Rachal sank two free throws with 0.1 seconds remaining and the host Tulsa Golden Hurricane knocked off the fifth-ranked Houston Cougars 65-64 on Tuesday in an American Athletic Convention matchup.
Rachal paired a season-high 22 factors with eight rebounds and completed 8 of 8 from the free-throw line as Tulsa (5-3, 2-1 AAC) defeated a top-5 group for the primary time since defeating No. 5 UCLA on Nov. 20, 1996.
Caleb Mills sank a baseline jumper to present Houston (7-1, 2-1) the lead with 6.3 seconds left. However Rachal attacked the basket on the following possession and drew a foul on Cougars middle Brison Gresham, who fouled out on the play.
Rachal paced the Hurricane in factors and rebounds and was the one Tulsa participant to succeed in double figures in scoring. Whereas Tulsa completed 18 of twenty-two on the line, Houston missed 11 of 31.
Quentin Grimes led Houston with 19 factors and 7 boards whereas Marcus Sasser chipped in 14 factors and Mills had 11. The Cougars shot simply 4 of 21 on 3-point makes an attempt.
Tulsa led by as many as six factors within the second half, however its offensive struggles allowed the Cougars to hold shut. Houston went greater than three minutes with no area objective till Sasser transformed a second-chance basket that knotted the sport at 62-62 with 50 seconds remaining.
Tulsa survived the primary Houston salvo, an 8-0 rally that featured a DeJon Jarreau three-point play, because the Cougars took an early 15-4 lead.
The Hurricane answered with an 11-0 blitz ignited by a Rachal trey on the 13:10 mark of the primary half and capped by the second of three first-half 3-pointers from Curtis Haywood II, who scored all 9 of his factors previous to the intermission.
However the Hurricane, who went 4:50 with no area objective throughout the Cougars’ run to the lead, slumped once more with a 4:14 drought that Haywood snapped with a 3-pointer on the 4:34 mark.
Emboldened, the Hurricane withstood the Cougars’ stiff protection for the rest of the half and at last took the lead at 27-26 with 1:59 remaining on a Darien Jackson 3-pointer.
Tulsa took a 31-30 lead into intermission when Elijah Joiner beat the buzzer with a layup that seemingly touched each a part of the rim.
The Hurricane closed the half by changing three consecutive area targets whereas Houston, which missed 10 of 11 treys, went 1 of seven down the stretch.
Tulsa by no means beforehand defeated a group ranked as excessive as No. 5 throughout a recreation on the Reynolds Heart. The Golden Hurricane’s greatest earlier victory within the venue was a 77-67 choice over No. 9 Wichita State on Nov. 17, 2015.
–Area Stage Media