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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