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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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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