Kentucky holds on to beat Houston, PJ Washington key

Elena Summers
April 1, 2019

The 5-foot-11 Auburn point guard grabbed the rebound, dribbled to half court, and heaved the ball into the air in jubilation, as the clock expired in overtime, before jumping into his teammate's arms.

Houston, in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984, used a 17-6 surge to finish a comeback from 13 points down early in the second half.

The forward had an MRI on Saturday morning, and coach Bruce Pearl announced the news in the afternoon.

"I just tried to go out there and give everything I have, " he said.

This is the first time in the university's history the team - which Barkley spent three years playing for during the 1980s - has advanced to the Final Four.

"We certainly had our chances", Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said.

Kenny Goins hit a three-pointer with 34.3 seconds remaining as Michigan State overcame a 24-point, 14-rebound performance by Zion Williamson to defeat top-seeded Duke, 68-67, in the East Regional Final Sunday evening in Washington D.C.

The Wildcats' star forward played one of his best offensive games of the season Sunday with 28 points in a 77-71 overtime loss to Auburn in the NCAA Midwest Region final. The Mableton, Georgia native put the game away going a ideal 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the extra period.

The sophomore told a member of the Auburn staff that he'd changed his mind, and Okeke was soon being wheeled into the building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Neither team led by more than five points at any point in the half. At some point, it became too much even for a high-scoring team like the Tar Heels. And guess what? The Tigers made ONLY eight triples.

Brown and Okeke made the all-regional team, as did Harper, who also earned the Most Outstanding Player honor. Davis then muscled a shot over Reid Travis in the lane with 3:39 left for the Cougars' first lead since 13 minutes left in the first half.

Auburn was David, knocking out a trio of college basketball blueblood Goliaths: Kansas, North Carolina and now Kentucky, who had beaten them twice this season. And when Ashton Hagans scored for Kentucky, it was Anfernee McLemore who added back-to-back baskets that forced the Wildcats to play catch-up.

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