Jourdan DeMuynck scored a game-high 27 points and Gary Blair hit a key free throw in the final seconds to help Prairie View A&M upset previously undefeated Houston, 81-80, at the William H. Nicks Center Wednesday.
The Panthers (4-5), fresh from a 1-4 road trip at the South Padre Island Invitational, led 80-77 with 20 seconds to play when the Cougars’ Jherrod Stiggers nailed a three-pointer.
Then, Joseph Young fouled Blair with five seconds remaining. Blair missed the first free throw and, after a Houston (5-1) timeout, connected on the second.
Young took the inbounds pass for the Cougars, but fumbled the ball on his drive to the basket and put up a bad shot that sealed the victory for Prairie View.
DeMuynck made 10 of 15 field goals and hit all six of his free throws. Blair finished with 17 points, while Ryan Gesiakowski added 11 points for the Panthers, who made 51.1 percent of their shots but missed nine of 20 free throws.
TaShawn Thomas paced Houston with 23 points. Danuel House added 20 points before fouling out. Young finished with 15 points and Stiggers had 12 points.
After a furious first half that saw Prairie View take a 44-39 halftime lead, the Panthers went up by nine points, 48-39, on jumpers by Josh Eleby and Blair.
The Cougars whittled the lead away until House threw down a thunderous dunk that knotted the score 52-all five minutes into the half. Moments later, House hit a short jumper to give Houston its first lead of the half, 56-54.
The teams traded the lead until the dramatic finish.
The contest was the first between the two schools, who sit 45 minutes apart, since 2006 and the first at Prairie View since 2002. They will meet again Dec. 29 at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston in the final game of 2012 for both schools.
Air Force 76, Jackson State 47
Arizona State 67, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 54
Eastern Kentucky 84, Delaware State 51
Loyola (Md.) 67, Coppin State 51
North Carolina A&T 90, UNC-Greensboro 79
Radford 73, Hampton 64
South Carolina State 74, Jacksonville 72
Augusta State 82, Benedict 71
Bowie State 94, Cheyney 79
Georgia College & State 62, Clark Atlanta 53
Lincoln (Pa.) 81, Bloomsburg 67
Livingstone 65, Claflin 45
Montevallo 82, Tuskegee 66
Paine 86, Allen 72
Stillman 98, Concordia-Selma 59
Winston-Salem State 79, USC-Aiken 70
Stillman (D-II) 98, Concordia-Selma 59