The Cincinnati Bearcats rally back in the second half to end the Houston Cougars' five-game winning streak.

Cougars fall short in loss to the Bearcats

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The Houston Cougars trailed by two when Cedrick Alley Jr. snagged a rebound off a missed free throw from Brison Gresham. With 10 seconds remaining on the clock, Alley kicked it out to an open Caleb Mills for a potential game-winning basket.

Despite the open look, the shot by the freshman guard clanged off the front of the rim, as the Cincinnati Bearcats took a nail-baiting 64-62 victory over the Cougars, Saturday evening, inside the Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati. With the loss, the Bearcats handed the Cougars their second loss in conference play (17-5, 7-2), while ending Houston's five-game winning streak.

Despite a dominating performance in the first half by the Cougars, Mills' shot was far from the struggles Houston endured late in the second period. With a little over six minutes in the game, Dejon Jarreau drew a technical foul after he allegedly bit Cincinnati's Mamoudou Diarra and was ejected.

After recording 40 points in the first half while shooting 44% from the floor, 46% from deep, the Cougars missed 14 of their final 15 shots from the floor as the Bearcats battled back from a 15-point deficit.

With only two players scoring in double-figures, freshman guard Marcus Sasser led the Cougars with 17 points (6-10 FG, 4-5 3PT), while sophomore, Nate Hinton, added in 16 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds in the loss.

Although he finished the contest tied for a game-high 17 points, senior froward Jarron Cumberland received addition help down the stretch for Cincinnati. Junior guard Keith Williams scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, while forward Tre Scott registered an all-around double-double of 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in the win.

Following the loss, the Cougars will look to return to their winning ways on Thursday, when Houston takes on the 10-11, 2-7 Tulane Green Wave. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. CT inside the Fertitta Center in Houston.

Freshman guard Marcus Sasser scored a career-high 26 points in Cougars' overtime loss to the SMU Mustangs.

Cougars lose in overtime to Mustangs

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The No. 20 Houston Cougars held a 72-70 lead over the SMU Mustangs with 30 seconds remaining in overtime when sophomore guard Emmanuel Bandoumel connected on an off-balance 3-point field goal. The shot gave Bandoumel his seventh point on the night, but most importantly, helped the Mustangs take a 73-72 victory over the Cougars, Saturday evening, inside the Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

With the loss, the Cougars' three-game winning streak came to an end, as Houston drop to 10-3 (20-6 overall) in conference play.

In the best performance of his collegiate life, Houston's freshman guard Marcus Sasser scored a career-high 26 points (8-15 FG, 5-10 3PT) in the loss. With the game on the line late in the second half, Sasser stepped to the charity stripe to hit three free throws to send the game to overtime.

Down by 11 entering the halftime break, the Cougars outscored the Mustangs 36-25 in the second period to push a comeback surge. While Sasser would go on to score half of Houston's point in the final 20 minutes, the Cougars received some much-needed production off the bench from junior guard, Dejon Jarreau.

In his best game since coming back from a one-game suspension, Jarreau registered 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. Despite scoring on six points, senior big man Chris Harris Jr. pulled down 10 rebounds, in which seven came on the offensive glass.

In the win, Tyson Jolly led the Mustangs with 20 (5-7 FG, 10-10 FT), while Feron Hunt and Isiaha Mike each scored 15 points apeice.

Following the loss, the Cougars will look to return to their winning ways on Wednesday, when Houston takes on the 17-8, 9-3 Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. CT inside the Fertitta Center in Houston.

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