It wasn’t pretty or necessarily fun to watch but the Cougars pulled it out in the end over UConn, 63-59. Dejon Jarreau finished 2 assists short of a triple-double (18 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists). He also had 7 turnovers including a nearly disastrous one – a 5-second violation – with 7 seconds left and UH clinging to a two-point lead.
“You’re going to have games like this if you play 30-something games,” Kelvin Sampson said. “We had a game like this early in the year against BYU and found a way to lose it. This one tonight, we found a way to win it.”
Caleb Mills had 20 points off the bench – he and Jarreau put the team on their backs late in the game. Quentin Grimes was 3/6 from the floor and had 9 points. Brison Gresham and Fabian White combined for just 6 shots but pulled down 13 rebounds.
The Cougars were frustrated much of the game with UConn’s aggressive zone defense. The game lacked flow, with whistles stopping play seemingly every time down the floor. Nate Hinton went to the bench with 13:31 left with his 4th foul. He’d played 10 minutes to that point. Three UConn players fouled out while another 5 players between the teams had four fouls each.
There were also four technicals in the game in three separate incidents. Combined, the teams shot 57 free throws. Houston is now 15-4 and 5-1 in the conference and hosts USF on Sunday afternoon.
Below is our photo gallery from the game. Click a photo and you can scroll through each of them in the lightbox. All images © Mario Puente 2020.