HOUSTON — Marcel Mosley scored a career high 33 points and Arkansas-Pine Bluff knocked off Houston 61-56 in overtime on Wednesday night. The upset marked the first victory over a non-conference opponent in a power conference since a 58-56 victory over Conference USA opponent Florida International during the 2010-11 season.
The Golden Lions (2-8) scored their first road victory in seven tries while handing the Cougars (5-2) their first home loss in five games.
UAPB led 27-16 at halftime and was up 16 points with 15:29 left in the game before Houston scrambled back, tying the game with 36 seconds left on two free throws by LeRon Barnes. Neither team scored in regulation after that.
The Golden Lions scored the first eight points of overtime. Houston got within three with 30 seconds left after a free throw and grabbed an offensive rebound, but Tevin Hammond made a steal and Mosely hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Mosley carried the load for the Golden Lions in more ways than one. The Marion, Ark. native played a career best 45 minutes while also connecting on 10 of his 16 shot attempts including a 5-of-9 mark from three point range
JoVaughn Love had 10 rebounds for the Golden Lions.
Jherrod Stiggers led Houston with 16 points. Barnes added 14 points and 12 rebounds.