INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Houston coach Kelvin Sampson wasn’t about to apologize for an unsightly win over Rutgers on Sunday night time.
After all, it certain beats feeling good a couple of fairly loss.
After scrapping for each unfastened ball and rebound simply to remain within the sport, the second-seeded Cougars obtained a clutch three-point play from freshman Tramon Mark with 24 seconds left, then watched as Ron Harper Jr.’s tying 3-point strive bounce off the rim on the buzzer to flee with a 63-60 victory and earn one other journey to the Sweet 16.
“We have some of these occasionally. We have a lot of pretty ones, too,” Sampson stated. “On nights we shoot well, we look good, but there’s not a lot of teams that can play as poorly as we did and still win, and we’ve done that a lot.”
Quentin Grimes led the Cougars’ comeback with 22 factors, and DeJon Jarreau overcame a severely bruised hip to attain 17 with a key bucket down the stretch, as Houston (26-3) marched on to play No. 11 seed Syracuse subsequent weekend.
“I can’t even tell you how bad we wanted it,” Jarreau said. “Just will to win, will not to go home.”
The Tenth-seeded Scarlet Knights (16-12) nonetheless had an opportunity after Mark’s free throws, however Geo Baker turned the ball over and Marcus Sasser made two extra foul pictures to increase Houston’s lead. Rutgers rushed again up the ground and Harper let a very good look fly from the wing, nevertheless it bounced off the rim as the ultimate seconds ticked off.