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In a thrilling NCAA tournament game, the Houston Cougars managed to pull out a win in overtime against Texas A&M after blowing a double-digit lead in the final minutes of regulation. Despite holding an 11-point lead with less than two minutes remaining, the Cougars found themselves in a fight as the Aggies rallied to force overtime with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Houston survived the late scare to advance to the Sweet 16 where they will face Duke.

The Cougars found themselves in a tough spot heading into overtime as four starters had fouled out during regulation. However, Jamal Shead stepped up, scoring five points in overtime and assisting on key plays to help Houston maintain the lead. Senior walk-on Ryan Elvin, who rarely sees playing time, sank a crucial free throw to secure the win for the Cougars and send them to the Sweet 16.

Despite their vaunted defense, Houston found themselves in a high-scoring shootout against Texas A&M, who challenged their defensive efficiency. The Cougars, known for allowing few points and low field-goal percentages, had to rely on their offense to outscore the Aggies. Shead led the way with 21 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds, while Emanuel Sharp contributed a game-high 30 points. L.J. Cryer added 20 points before fouling out.

The Aggies put up a valiant effort, led by senior guard Tyrece Radford’s impressive 27 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists. However, Wade Taylor IV struggled with his shooting, going 5 of 26 from the field and missing key shots down the stretch. Texas A&M’s season came to an end as Houston’s continued on to the next round of the tournament in Dallas.

The thrilling game was a rollercoaster of emotions for both teams, with Houston experiencing relief and Texas A&M enduring heartbreak in the final moments. The intense competition and dramatic finish encapsulated the spirit of March Madness, leaving players and fans on the edge of their seats. Despite the challenges faced by both teams, the Cougars emerged victorious and now look ahead to their upcoming matchup against Duke in the Sweet 16.

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