Caleb Mills and DeJon Jarreau leads second half rally in Cougars' comeback win over the UConn Huskies.

Cougars rally late to take home victory over UConn

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The University of Houston Men's Basketball team trailed 50-44 with a little over five minutes left in the second half. In a game where the Cougars failed to capitalize on several missed opportunities, Houston closed out the contest on a 17-5 run en route to a 63-59 victory over the UConn Huskies, Thursday night, inside the Fertitta Center in Houston. With the win, the Cougars have now won nine of their last 10 games while improving to 5-1 in conference play (15-4 overall).

"Sometimes when you don't play your best game and you are in a fight like this, you have to find a way to win," head coach Kelvin Sampson said after the win. "That's when our culture comes in and the way we practice every day."

Continuing his phenomenal play during his first season in Houston, freshman guard Caleb Mills scored a game-high 20 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 3PT, 8-8 FT) — as he registered 18 in the second half. With 48 seconds left in the final period and the game tied at 55 apiece, Mills connected on a contested mid-range jumper to put the Cougars ahead by two.

"It wasn't a lot of pressure on my end.....I wanted to take the shot," Mills said. "Coach told me when he recruited me that I was going to have opportunities to take big shots, so I was not surprised by the play he drew up for me late in the game."

Unlike their previous contest on Saturday, it was a backcourt affair as Mills and Jarreau scored the final 17 points for the Cougars down the stretch. The exceptional play by Houston's backcourt duo helped the Cougars overcome a six-point deficit in the final five minutes of the game.

Jarreau came two assists shy from recording the Cougars' first triple-double since Bo Outlaw in 1993, as the junior guard from New Orleans scored a season-high 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in the win.

UConn's senior guard led the Huskies in the loss with 14 points, while junior forward Isaiah Whaley recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds of his own.

Following the win, the Cougars will return to their home floor on Sunday for an American Athletic Conference showdown against the 8-11, 1-5 USF Bulls. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. CT.

The Houston Cougars win their third straight game

Grimes leads Cougars to road victory over the UCF Bulls

The Houston Cougars held a two-point advantage (53-51) late in the second half when Quentin Grimes knocked down an open 3-point field goal off an assist by Fabian White Jr. The basket scored by Grimes was enough to keep the Cougars in the lead en route to a 62-58 victory over the South Florida Bulls, Wednesday night, inside the Yuengling Center in Tampa, FL.

While improving to 10-2 in conference play, the Cougars have now won eight of their last nine games following the win.

While scoring nine of his final point-total in the final three minutes, Grimes led Houston on the night with 22 points (6-14 FG, 3-6 3PT), six rebounds and five assists. His performance Wednesday night marked the first time since the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Class in December, where the sophomore guard from The Woodlands scored over 20 points.

Despite the game coming down to the final seconds, it was a wire-to-wire victory for the Cougars. Houston opened the first period on a 10-4 run, which gave way to a 31-26 lead into the halftime break. While connecting on five of his seven field-goal attempts, Fabian White Jr added in 10 points and five rebounds, as the junior big man came up tremendous on the defensive end with two steals and a block in the win.

With only two players scoring in double-figures, senior guard Laquincy Rideau led the Bulls with a team-high 21 points shooting 63.3% from the floor, while his backcourt mate, Nate Hinton, added in 13 points in the loss.

Cougars' head coach Kelvin Sampson moved past Alden Pasche as the third-winningest coach in school history, trailing only Guy Lewis (592) and Pat Foster (142).

Following the win, the Cougars will hit the road on Saturday to take on the 17-6, 7-4 SMU Mustangs inside the Moody Coliseum in Dallas. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. CT.


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