Sophomore guard Quentin Grimes scored 15 second-half points, as the Houston Cougars close out their regular-season schedule with a win over the Memphis Tigers.

Grimes leads No. 21 Houston to comeback win over Memphis Tigers

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Trailing by four at the half, the Houston Cougars opened the final period on a 9-3 run led by sophomore guard, Quentin Grimes, who scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. Behind Grimes, the Cougars outscored the Memphis Tigers 38-27 in the second half, en route to a 64-57 victory on Sunday, in front of a sellout crowd of 7,129 inside the Fertitta Center.

After picking up the intensity on both ends of the court, it was a come from behind win for the Cougars. Houston trailed for the majority of the first half shooting 22.2% from the field (0-5 3PT), including missing nine consecutive shots to close out the period.

"He [Grimes] struggled early in the first half. He does that sometimes, but you have to stay with it because I know how good he is. Sometimes they have got to get out of their own way," Cougars' Head Coach Kelvin Sampson said. "When he gets out of his own way and gives himself permission to go be a dominant player, he can do it."

Although Memphis also experienced their fair share of struggles from the field, the Tigers ended the half with a 30-26 lead, shooting 50% from the floor after a 1-for-10 start. Junior forward Fabian White kept the Cougars in striking distance scoring 14 of his team-high 18 points in the first half — to go along with 14 rebounds in the win.

"I was just playing for my team and especially for Y.G. (Chris Harris)," said White. "It's not us to lose two games in a row, and I don't believe we have since I got here. I wanted to keep that streak going."

In addition to Grimes, Nate Hinton stepped up huge in the win over Memphis, as the sophomore guard recorded 13 points and five rebounds in the win. In his final home game of his collegiate career, senior big man Chris Harris registered two blocks and three offensive rebounds.

"Perseverance. I've seen a lot of teams have bad shooting nights and do not have a foundation they can lean on to win," Sampson said. "It's allowing your standards to give you a chance to create expectations — we lean on our culture."

In the loss, Tigers' freshman Precious Achiuwa scored a game-high 25 points and 15 rebounds. In what has been a consistent theme all season, Memphis committed 17 turnovers in which Houston converted into 18 points.

Following the win, the Cougars end the regular season with a 13-5 conference record (23-8 overall) and as American Athletic Conference champions for the second straight season. Up next, the Cougars will return to the court on Friday to take part in the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Fort Worth. Houston earned a bye into the quarterfinals and will play the winner of SMU vs. Tulsa.

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This week the NASCAR cup series heads to the world center of racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the inaugural fourth of July version of the Brickyard 400. This is unprecedented for NASCAR considering over the course of 50 years they are usually in Daytona around this time. While this move was met with a lot of criticism from fans, there is a positive to come from this move though, as the sport will hold their first doubleheader with Indycar. This has been talked about for many years and now it has finally come to fruition. Another new facet of this weekend will be the Xfinity Series running on the road course configuration. This could very well lead to the cup series transitioning from the oval to the road course next season should everything go well when the Xfinity series does it. It will definitely be an interesting weekend.

Last week, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin dominated the first-ever doubleheader at Pocono. The two drivers finished first and second in both races with Harvick taking race one and Hamlin winning race two. Both of these races came down to pit-road strategy as Harvick was able to eke out a victory by taking two tires and fuel while his teammate Aric Almirola took four. The next day Denny Hamlin pretty much had the whole field covered as he went on to claim his fourth victory of the season. Overall, the idea of two races in a weekend went over well but for the racing itself, it was hard to watch. One of the main issues I had was how the drivers didn't have to shift this week. In my opinion, that was what made this track so unique. It was an oval that had road course characteristics and it usually produced some pretty good finishes. Hopefully this will be addressed when the new car makes its debut in 2022.

One of the big stories going into this week is the announcement a couple of weeks ago that NASCAR will be moving their all-star event to Bristol Motor Speedway. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a whirlwind of news from the Bubba Wallace story at Talladega, to the doubleheader races last week. A lot of this has put this announcement on the back burner but this is a huge story. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 15th as NASCAR continues with midweek races. This is the first time since 1986 that the race will not be run at NASCAR's home track in Charlotte back when it took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The format will be pretty much the same as all the winners from 2019 and 2020 will all have an automatic birth into the race while the rest of the field will run in the open event the day before. The main event will feature four stages including a 15 lap closer around one of NASCAR's most popular race tracks. I think this move was long overdue and I hope that they continue with it in the future. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with the race at Charlotte but I think a change of pace would be welcomed. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

As we move on to Indy this weekend, the driver I have winning is Kurt Busch. This weekend will be the 2004 Cup Series champion's 700th career start, and he's won just about every race that there is to be won except this one here at the Brickyard. This week, that is going to change. It hasn't been the most consistent season for the Vegas native, but he still sits tenth in points and right in the thick of the playoff battle. This track isn't his best as he currently has a 19.42 average finish, including a dismal 30th place finish last year. But this week, I think he gets back on track with a victory as he starts second. The veteran has flown under the radar this year, but he has definitely shown spurts where we think he is going to break-out. He also has runs where it seems like him and his team are mid-pack, but there aren't many drivers out there that have the experience he has. And a talented driver like him always finds a way to bounce back. Look for Kurt Busch to take the #1 Monster Energy Camaro to victory lane.

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