Cougars defeat defending champion UConn for first conference win
After Jherrod Stiggers’ two free throws in the final four seconds sealed it, the Cougars earned their first conference victory.
The Cougars derailed the defending national champion UConn Huskies on Sunday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion. They held the lead throughout during a 70-68 victory.
The Cougars withstood a barrage by senior guard Ryan Boatright, who scored 26 points in the final 7:51. Boatright finished with a career-high 31 points.
Stiggers kept the Cougars up on the Huskies as he topped the scoring with 18 points.
The Cougars’ defense locked down the Huskies attack from the field as they were limited to a 39.1 shooting percentage from the field. Five unanswered steals, two from junior guard L.J. Rose, gave Houston the advantage it needed to pressure UConn with a constant offensive attack.