Late in the second half, the Houston Cougars missed seven straight field goals en route to a loss against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa ends Cougars' six-game winning streak in Houston loss
Freshman guard Marcus Sasser missed a potential game-winning 3-point field goal, as the University of Houston Men's Basketball team (12-4, 1-1) dropped a heartbreaking 63-61 loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-6, 2-1), Saturday afternoon, inside the Donald W Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK. With the loss, the Cougars' six-game winning streak came to an end, as Houston dropped their first game in conference play.
With 4:43 left in the second half, the Cougars held a 60-54 lead before going cold at the worst possible time. In addition to turning the ball over three times, Houston missed seven straight shot attempts as the Golden Hurricane took advantage of the Cougars' mishaps.
Tulsa closed the game on a 9-1 run ignited by a two-hand slam from junior guard, Darien Jackson, who led the Golden Hurricane with a career-best 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-7 3PT) and three steals in the win.
In the first half, Tulsa jumped out to a 5-0 lead and lead 13-8 before the Cougars tied the score at 13 points a piece. After taking a 16-15 lead midway through the first half, Houston went into the halftime break up 37-34 over the Golden Hurricane.
Following a career performance in the win against Temple, freshman guard Caleb Mills registered 22 points for the Cougars. Junior guard DeJon Jarreau added in 16 points, while Sasser tallied 14 in the loss.
Up next, the Cougars will return home for a Texas showdown against their in-state rival, the SMU Mustangs, Wednesday night, inside the Fertitta Center in Houston. Tip-off is slated for 8 P.M. CT.