TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Despite a rash of injuries the likes of which coach Kelvin Sampson says he has never experienced, No. 11 Houston keeps finding a way to win.
Tulsa continues to play each opponent tough, only to falter at the end.
The scenario again played out Saturday, as Houston survived two Tulsa rallies to eke out a 66-64 win, thanks mainly to Kyler Edwards’ career-highs in points (29) and 3-pointers (7).
Already without star Marcus Sasser and guard Tramon Mark for the rest of the season, Houston (15-2, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) lost point guard Jamal Shead to an ankle injury in the first half. Edwards, who recently recovered from his own ankle sprain, carried the load, making 10 of 21 shots overall and 7 of 15 3-pointers.
Houston led 64-52 before Tulsa frantically rallied in the final three minutes. A 3-pointer by Jeriah Horne, who led Tulsa with 24 points, followed by a trio of 3-pointers by Sam Griffin in a span of 1:37 brought the Golden Hurricanes within 66-64 with 1:03 to play.
Ramon Walker got a key offensive rebound as Houston ran the clock down to 6 seconds before Tulsa got a final chance to tie. Freshman guard Anthony Pritchard missed a game-tying layup with a second to play, and the team's second chance came with just 0.4 left, but the 3-pointer was blocked.
Tulsa (6-9, 0-4) stormed back from a 17-point halftime deficit to make it 50-49 with 11:03 left. Edwards then made a jumper with 10 minutes left and hit a contested 3-pointer with 7:45 left to give Houston a 57-52 cushion.
“Edwards had a great game and that was a tough shot,” Tulsa coach Frank Haith said. “He made a lot of 3s. You’ve got to give him credit.”
Sampson spent most of his postgame comments musing about future lineups with all the team's injuries, but praised Edwards for his...
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Keshawn Williams scored 18 points and Northern Illinois defeated Eastern Michigan 77-70 on Saturday.
Kaleb Thornton scored 15 points for the Huskies (5-8, 2-1 Mid-American Conference). Trendon Hankerson scored 12 points with five assists. Adong Makoui added 11 points. Anthony Crump had 10.
Noah Farrakhan scored 27 points to lead the Eagles (7-8, 2-2), hitting four 3-pointers. Darion Spottsville added 11 points.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Zach Scott scored 24 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired, and McNeese State defeated 78-75 on Saturday.
Scott took a pass a little right of the top of the key, pumped fake and stepped left before letting the winner fly.
It was his fifth 3-pointer on seven attempts.
Collin Warren added 21 points for the Cowboys (7-11, 1-0 Southland Conference). Myles Lewis scored 13 points with seven rebounds. Kellon Taylor had 12 points with five assists.
Darius Lee had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies (4-10, 0-1). Brycen Long scored 15 points. Jade Tse added 11.
SEATTLE (AP) — Terrell Brown Jr. scored 25 points, Jamal Bey added 17 points and Washington held off Stanford 67-64 on Saturday.
Washington led 59-43 with about 11 minutes left before Stanford went on a 10-0 run that was snapped by a 3-pointer by UW's Daejon Davis. That 3 with 7:56 left would be Washington's last made basket.
Still, the Huskies held their lead and were up 65-61 going into the final minute. Stanford drew within two when Lukas Kisunas made two free throws. Brown, who made 8 of 11 free throws, had a key miss when he went to the line with 15 seconds left but the Huskies were able to hold on.
Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 11 points for Washington (8-7, 3-2).
Brandon Angel led Stanford (10-5, 3-2 Pac-12) with 13 points off the bench Kisunas had 10 points and 12 rebounds. No Stanford starter scored in double figures.
Bey scored all 17 of his points in the first half, which included four 3-pointers in six tries. The Huskies led by nine before a 13-0 run gave them a 39-17 lead with about five minutes left. Washington led 43-25 at halftime.
Up next for Stanford is a road game against sixth-ranked Arizona on Thursday. Washington is scheduled to play at Oregon State on Thursday.
Brandon Betson scored 18 points and Chicago State defeated Lamar 67-56 on Saturday for the Cougars' first conference road victory since the 2016-17 season.
Fayour Chukwukelu added 14 points, Coreyoun Rushin had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dominique Alexander also scored 13 points and Noah Bigirumwami had 11 rebounds for Chicago State (6-13, 2-4 Western Athletic Conference).
Kasen Harrison scored 16 points and Brock McClure 13 for the Cardinals (2-14, 0-5).
Lamar led 41-34 at halftime but didn't score for nearly nine minutes to start the second half when it shot just 13%.
The Cougars' road win was the first in a conference game since defeating Utah Valley 70-61 in Orem, Utah, on Jan. 12, 2017.