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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Houston's magic number stays at 2

Astros drop series finale to Mariners after rough start by Greinke

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With their magic number at 2 to secure their spot in the 2020 MLB postseason, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park in Seattle for this three-game series' finale and rubber game. Here are the highlights from the game:

Final Score: Mariners 3, Astros 2.

Record: 28-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

Greinke unable to complete five innings

While the Astros were being held scoreless, the Mariners were putting up runs on Zack Greinke. They took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI-double with one out. Greinke would stop the damage there, then looked to settle in over the next few frames.

He allowed just one baserunner in the second through fourth innings, a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Then, in the fifth, the Mariners would knock him out of the game by getting a one-out single that would come around to score on a two-out RBI-double, followed by an RBI-single to extend the lead to 3-0. Greinke faced one more batter, allowing a single before Dusty Baker would take the ball and move to the bullpen. His final line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 92 P.

Astros try a late rally, come up short

On the other end, the Astros were unable to break through against Nick Margevicius, getting just one hit and two walks through the first four innings. They had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases with one out to turn the lineup over. They'd come up empty, though, with George Springer striking out before a long flyball to center by Jose Altuve to end the inning.

After finishing the fifth for Greinke, Andre Scrubb returned for a scoreless sixth, working around a one-out walk. Still 3-0, Blake Taylor took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a leadoff single and two-out walk to keep Seattle from extending their lead. Houston had another chance to score in the top of the eighth, getting two runners in scoring position, but again would strand them.

Cy Sneed was the next reliever out for the Astros, working around a two-out walk to send the game on to the ninth. The Astros would avoid the shutout, getting a two-RBI single by pinch-hitting Josh Reddick in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game at 3-2. That's as close as they'd come, though, as the Mariners would eventually get the final out to take the series and keep the Astros' magic number stagnant at 2.


Up Next: There is one series left in the regular season for Houston, and it awaits them in Arlington with a four-game series against the Rangers, who are well eliminated from playoff contention. The first of the four games will start at 7:05 PM Central on Thursday with a pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53 ERA) for Texas and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33 ERA) for the Astros.

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