-- Houston's fans chanted "Sweet 16" in the final minute of the Cougars' NCAA Tournament win over Ohio State. The celebration was long overdue - 35 years, to be exact - since the Cougars have made this trip. It is Houston's 13 trip in school history.
Corey Davis scored 21 points to help Houston defeat Ohio State 74-59 in a second-round Midwest Region game Sunday night inside the BOK Center. It marked the Cougars' 33rd win of the season - breaking the record set by the 1983-84 Phi Slamma Jama team for the most wins in a season. That squad was the last to reach the Sweet 16 and advanced to the national final.
Galen Robinson added 13 points for Houston (33-3), which will face Kentucky. The Cougars' .917 win percentage leads the nation this season.
C.J. Jackson scored 18 points and Kaleb Wesson added 15 for Ohio State (20-15).
Ohio State started off hot from 3-point range, hitting seven of its first 12. But Houston burned the Buckeyes in transition to go on a 14-6 run to close the half with a 39-31 lead.
A dunk by Chris Harris put the Cougars up 52-44 with just over 10 minutes remaining. A floater in the lane by Armoni Brooks pushed Houston's lead to nine and led to a timeout by Ohio State. A transition layup by Davis pushed the advantage to 11 and the Cougars maintained control for good.
The Buckeyes lost four of five heading into the NCAA Tournament before upsetting Iowa State in the first round.
Houston hurt the Buckeyes inside and outside, overwhelmed the Buckeyes with depth and speed and pounced when Ohio State's 3-point shooting came back down to Earth.
Houston placed four starters in double-figure scoring, led by senior guard Davis Jr. who posted his 13th game with 20 or more points, finishing with 21. He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, had three 3-pointers and three 2-point field goals to go along with six rebounds.
Senior guard Galen Robinson, Jr., who was held to just one point in the win over Georgia State on Friday, came back with 13 points tonight to go with five assists and six steals. The six steals are a new career high for Robinson, who set a new program record by playing in his 135th game.
After Ohio State went up 25-23 with 8:17 to go, Houston went on an 8-0 run to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Houston improved to 17-0 this season when holding its opponents to less than 60 points. The Cougars outscored Ohio State 20-2 in points in the paint in the first half and 34-12 for the game.