The Coogs scored the last seven points of the game, and finished on a 14-2 run. Rutgers desire to take the air out of the ball and run the clock backfired, and they failed to score a point during the last 2:04, and there will be questions about their strategy down the stretch.
American Conference Player of The Year Quentin Grimes shined, with 22 and nine rebounds to carry the Cougars until they could pull it out of the fire. UH outrebounded Rutgers 39-29, and showed more toughness and execution down the stretch to find the win. A putback tip with a made and-1 free throw from Tramon Mark made it 61-60, giving UH their first lead with 24 seconds left since the 16:25 mark of the first half.
Rutgers peaked at a 90% win probability, but failed to finish the job. Friday was their first win in the NCAA Tournament since 1983, but they failed to find a second.
Rutgers had a 90% chance to win with four minutes left in the game— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 22, 2021
... but Houston went on a 14-2 run to win! pic.twitter.com/B37lSAamR4
Houston was a 7.5-point favorite at most sportsbooks, and although they failed to cover, they’ll be excited to move forward and face Buddy Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange in the Sweet 16.