Freshman guard Caleb Mills led the Houston Cougars to a road victory over the Temple Owls on Tuesday.

Cougars take conference road victory in win over the Temple Owls

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The Houston Cougars held off a second-half surge from the Temple Owls with a 78-74 victory, Tuesday night, inside The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. With a win over their American Athletic Conference counterparts, the Cougars extended their winning streak to six and improved to 2-0 in conference play.

After leaving the game early due to an allergic reaction during Friday's win over the UCF Knights, freshman guard, Caleb Mills, bounced back in an enormous way. He matched a career-best 23 points shooting 9-for-16 from the floor (56.2%), 3-for-5 (60.0) on 3-point field goal attempts.

Following a made three by Nate Hinton (10 points, 13 rebounds), the Cougars held a 15 point lead with a little over a minute left in the first half. Despite their hot start to the game, the Cougars dominance over the Owls did not carry over into the second half, as Temple took a 60-59 lead with 7:10 remaining in the game.

At the worst possible time, Temple went cold from the field missing five consecutive shots, as Houston took advantage of the Owls' mishaps to go on an 11-2 run to reclaim the lead. In addition to a career performance from Mills, junior big man, Chris Harris, recorded a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds, to go along with four blocks and three assists for the Cougars.

In the loss, Quinton Rose tallied in a season-high 21 points while Nate Pierre-Louis added in 13 points and seven rebounds for the Owls.

Following the win, the Cougars will continue their two-game road trip against the 9-5, 1-0 Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Sunday night, inside the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK.

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Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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