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Cats Win, Improbably in OT, 96-90
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 24, 2009
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Jan. 24, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)--Jordan Hill scored 30 points, including a three-point play in overtime, as Arizona rallied for a 96-90 win over Houston on Saturday.

The Wildcats, motivated after Houston's Aubrey Coleman was ejected for a flagrant foul after stepping on Chase Budinger's face following a charge call with 9:51 left in the second half, scored eight points in the final 1:30 to force overtime at 88-all.

Hill scored the only basket in overtime when he connected on a three-point play with 3:55 remaining for a 91-88 lead.

Kyle Fogg sealed the win for Arizona (12-8) by making two free throws with 7.4 seconds left.

Nic Wise, besides tying the game at 88 with a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation, finished with 23 points for the Wildcats while Budinger had 15.

Kelvin Lewis had 27 of his career-high 35 points for Houston in the second half. Coleman had 14 before his ejection and Marcus Cousin also scored 14.

The Cougars had a 74-63 lead following a DaShaun Williams lay-up with 6:35 left.

That's when Arizona made its big push with Zane Johnson chipping in with a 3-pointer and Hill scoring inside before Wise hit his second of two late 3-pointers in the final seconds.

Lewis scored 12 of Houston's initial 18 points to open the second half, including a mid-range jumper for a 56-46 lead with 13:57 left.

The Cougars went on a 14-2 run in the final six minutes to take a 38-33 halftime lead.

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