Houston fed off its nation-leading protection Monday evening – striking the clamps on Oregon State famous person Ethan Thompson – and held off a past due rally via the No. 12 seeded Beavers to flee with a 67-61 win within the Elite 8 in Indianapolis.
The Cougars are the primary group to advance to the lads’s Ultimate 4, getting to school basketball’s ultimate weekend for the primary time because the Phi Slama Jama technology in 1984.
Houston (28-Three), which leads the rustic in box purpose proportion protection and boundaries combatants to 57 issues a sport, offset Oregon State’s high-octane offense from the beginning. American Athletic Convention defensive participant of the yr DeJon Jarreau smothered Thompson – the Beavers’ famous person of their first 3 NCAA Event upsets to achieve the Elite 8 – containing him to 11 issues on Three-for-12 taking pictures. Thompson had averaged 24 issues within the final two wins. Jarreau’s thieve on Thompson with 48 seconds left helped seal the win.
Oregon State did not cross away quietly, storming again from a 17-point deficit, tying the rating at 55 off a Gianni Hunt three-pointer with Three:48 closing. Quentin Grimes, Houston’s main scorer, got here up robust within the take hold of with two dagger three-pointers past due – together with one with Three:22 left to offer the Cougars a 58-55 edge. Grimes hit two unfastened throws with 28 seconds left.
“Trainer (Kelvin Sampson) simply instructed us to stay our composure,” Grimes stated on CBS of responding to Oregon State’s comeback. “The more difficult group received this night.”
Houston’s offense was once strengthened via Marcus Sasser’s sizzling three-point taking pictures early (5 triples for 20 issues) and were given a momentum spice up from Fabian White Jr., who grabbed key offensive rebounds past due within the sport. The Cougars capitalized off 19 offensive rebounds, scoring second-chance issues to make up for an differently pedestrian taking pictures evening (32%).
The loss concludes the Beavers’ storybook March Insanity run, which began with a %-12 match win for the league’s automated qualifier price tag. They disenchanted No. five Tennessee, No. four Oklahoma State and No. 7 Loyola Chicago to turn into simply the second one No. 12 seed to get to the Elite 8.
The Cougars are the one No. 2 seed left dancing and received a Midwest Area that noticed No. 1 seed Illinois get bounced within the first spherical and two double-digit seeds – Oregon State and Houston’s final opponent, Syracuse – advance to the Candy 16. South Area No. 2 Ohio State was once disenchanted within the first spherical via Oral Roberts, West Area No. 2 Iowa was once knocked out in the second one spherical via Oregon and East Area No. 2 Alabama was once disenchanted within the Candy 16 via UCLA.
Sampson returns to the Ultimate 4 after prior to now taking Oklahoma there in 2002. He piloted Houston to the Candy 16 in 2019 in a 33-win season.
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