Cats Win, Improbably in OT, 96-90

Jan. 24, 2009

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TUCSON--Arizona came back from the dead, using a 16-7 run in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime, 88-88, then oustcored Houston 8-2 in the extra period to take an improbable victory Saturday afternoon in McKale Center, 96-90.

The Cats went on a late charge and were down by seven, 88-71, with 32 seconds left, but got a layup from Nic Wise, a jumper from Jordan Hill, and a three-pointer from Wise with 10 seconds left to close the scoring. Those were sandwiched around a turnover and two missed shots by the Houston.

Arizona overcame a season-high 24 turnovers, shot only 47 percent from the field, but fought back on the boards to take a 53-45 edge on the glass, plus played defense down the stretch to hold the Cougars to 36 percent from the field.

UA's Jordan Hill had 30 points and 18 rebounds to counter UH's Kelvin Lewis, who put up a game-high 35. The Cats had support with 23 from Nic Wise, 15 from Chase Budinger and 14 from Kyle Fogg off the bench. Houston had 14 apiece from Aubrey Colemand and Marcus Cousin.

Arizona kept its slim chances for a 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance alive, improving to 12-8, while UH dropped to 12-4.

Houston held a 38-33 lead at the half, closing with a 7-0 run in the final four minutes. UA was scoreless in the span.

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