For the first time since March 2017, Houston lost consecutive games, as Memphis beat the sixth-place Cougars 69-59, ending UH’s 37-game winning streak at Fertitta Center.
As the saying goes, basketball is a racing game and it was on Saturday afternoon.
memphis was hungry from the start and it showed in the opening minutes of the game as the Tigers went 15-4.
Taze Moore refused to let Memphis deliver the knockout blow early on, as the UH grad guard scored seven straight points to bring the Cougars within three points midway through the first half.
Reggie Chaney cut the deficit to a single point on the next possession, as the senior forward launched an emphatic one-handed dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
The Cougars took their first lead of the game at 1:55 of the first half on a quick break from sophomore guard Jamal Shead. Senior forward Fabian White drilled a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the half to give UH a 31-28 lead heading into the locker room.
The UH lead was short-lived as Memphis opened the second half the same way it did the first, putting up a 15-5 run.
But just like they did in the first half, the Cougars responded with their own run to keep things tight.
A one-handed slam from Shead sparks a UH offensive flurry as Shead follows up his dunk by drilling a 3-pointer from the top of the arc crowned by Moore in the air for a dunk of his own volley to make it a one-point game with eight minutes remaining.
Moore put UH up for the first time in the second half on the next possession after betting on a floater. A dunk from White followed by a float from Shead and suddenly UH found themselves up five points, their biggest lead of the game.
Memphis regained the lead just over a minute later on back-to-back 3-pointers from DeAndre Williams and Lester Quinones. The Tigers used that spark to close out the final five minutes of the game with a 21-6 run to secure the win.
Landers Nolley II of Memphis scored a game-high 20 points.
White and Moore both had 15 to lead the Cougars in scoring.
UH tied its season high with 19 turnovers.