No. 6 Houston 68, No. 3 SMU 64
Records: Houston 17-15, SMU 23-9
Houston advances to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship, where they will face the winner of No. 2 seed Louisville and No. 7 seed Rutgers. That game will be 6 p.m. (CT) on Friday.
Houston’s Jherrod Stiggers has ten straight games with a made three-pointer, including eight games in that stretch with at least three three-pointers.
He had a game-high 19 points and tied a career high with five three-pointers made. He did not score in the final 12:29 of regulation.
Houston held SMU’s Nic Moore without a field goal, after Moore previously had made a field goal in every game this season.
Houston guard L.J. Rose scored 16 points for the third straight game.
SMU’s Cannen Cunningham scored a team-high 14 points, his second highest scoring game of the season, reaching double figures for the second time this year.
Houston has won three straight opening games in postseason tournament play (2013 Conference USA Championship, 2013 CBI, 2014 American Athletic Conference Championship).
Houston has defeated two straight top-25 opponents (defeated No. 21/22 Memphis on Feb. 27) and three this season (defeated No. 17/15 UConn on Dec. 31).
The first three games of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship have all been determined by four-point margins.