TULSA, Okla. – Houston's fans chanted "Sweet 16" last minute by Cougars' NCAA Tournament victories over Ohio State.
The celebration was a long time – 35 years to be precise – since Cougars made this trip.
Corey Davis scored 21 points to help Houston defeat Ohio State 74-59 in a second round Midwest Region game on Sunday night. It marked Cougars & # 39; 33. victory of the season – breaking the record of the 1983-84 team for the most wins in a season. This group was the last to reach Sweet 1
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Galen Robinson added 13 points for Houston (33-3) facing Kentucky.
C. J. Jackson scored 18 points and Kaleb Wesson added 15 for Ohio State (20-15).
Ohio State started threats from 3-point range and hit seven of the first 12. But Houston burned Buckeyes in transition to go on a 14-6 runner to close half with a 39-31 lead.
There was a short skirmish right after the end of the first half. Ohio State's Keyshawn Woods and Houston's DeJon Jarreau were issued technical failures as the teams drove on midcourt. Houston's Fabian White was held back by teammates and coaches.
A thump by Chris Harris put Cougars up 52-44 with just over 10 minutes back. A float in the field at Armoni Brooks pushed Houston's lead to nine and led to a timeout of Ohio State. A transition setting of Davis pushes the advantage to 11, and the girls kept checking for good.
Ohio State: Buckeyes ended 8-12 in Big Ten games and was grafted eighth in the conference tournament, so it was a success to come a long way. They lost four to five on their way into the NCAA tournament before disrupting Iowa State in the first round. Brothers Kaleb and Andre Wesson will be back next year to create a solid foundation.
Houston: Cougars continues to rebuild a program that had a 13-19 record in 2014-15. Houston injured Buckeyes inside and outside, overwhelmed Buckeyes with depth and speed and pounced when Ohio State's 3-point shooting came back to earth.
Houston will play Kentucky in Sweet 16.