win at buzzer
The Houston Chronicle
HOUSTON TCU overcame an early 14-point deficit to beat the
University of Houston 55-54 thanks to Chudi Chinwezes put back
in the final second on Tuesday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Without a monitor of the scoreboard replay, the officials had no way
to look at the play again and the Horned Frogs (6-8, 2-1) danced off
the floor to their locker room with their second straight Conference
Chinweze, a 6-7 sophomore from Hightower, had game highs of 18 points
and 12 rebounds. That also was the first double double of the season
by a Horned Frog.
Im a little fast, and I just tried to get to the ball
as fast as possible, Chinweze said of his putback of Marcus
Shropshires missed 12-footer from the left of the lane.
Andre Owens fired in a 3-pointer with 59.5 seconds remaining for a
52-51 UH lead after missing his last eight treys. Corey Santee drove
for a layup over foul-plagued Anwar Ferguson with 18 seconds to go
for a 53-52 TCU lead. With a foul to give, Shropshire fouled Owens,
then was called for holding Oliver with five seconds left. Oliver
converted the one and one for a 54-53c UH lead, setting up the frantic
Mark Whitehead, the official on the baseline in the left corner, signalled
the basket good, then referee Scott Thornley asked the scorer's table
if a TV monitor was available. Told it was not, since it was not a
televised game, Thornley went with Whitehead's decision.
Oliver (14) and Owens (11) were the leading scorers for UH, not 6-7,
0-3 C-USA after suffering its fourth straight loss.
Nucleus Smith drove the lane to score for TCU before Owens assist
to Ferguson for a slam carried UH to a tie at 49 with 1:48 to go,
but Marcus Sloan was clear underneath to tip in Santees missed
3-pointer for a 51-49 Frogs lead.
Blake Adams 3-pointer and Chinweze's layup sent TCU into a tie
at 35 and Shropshires 3 made it 38-35 for the Frogs first lead
with 8:53 to go, then Shropshire answered Bryan Sheltons trey
with two free throws for a 40-38 lead for the Frogs. Santees
3-pointer after Chinweze made one of two free throws had TCU in front
44-42. Sheltons 3-pointer again sent UH ahead by one. TCU replied
with Santees trey to regain the lead 47-45 and Ramon Dyers
putback tied at 47.
The Cougars managed to open a 31-23 margin as TCU started the second
half by missing its first seven shots but UH misfired on six of its
first eight and led only 31-29 after Chinwezes 3-point play
on the Frogs first basket of the second half after nine straight
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forward Marcus Sloan battles against Houston's Ramon Dyer
for a rebound in the second half of play at Hofheinz Pavillion.
TCU won on a buzzer-beater 55-54.