U of H beats San Diego State during first game of NCAA Tournament
HOUSTON, Texas (FOX 26) - For the first time since 2010 the University of Houston cougars have made it to the NCAA tournament. Thursday night the team beat San Diego State 67 to 65. Does support the hometown team local fans headed out to Brooklyn Athletic Club to see them take on the first game.
“Kelvin Sampson has got them playing really hard, Rob Gray is fun to watch and you know they’re not the biggest team out there but they still they get boards and are always at the game so they are fun to watch”, says Ty Cloud.
Of course fans are feeling the excitement, reliving the teams glory days from the 80s in the school had star players like Hakeem Olajuwon.
Ty Cloud says, “so I was there in that time we played Maryland and it was a good season but this one’s definitely special, obviously were talking about Phi Slama Jama it’s been a long time so it’s awesome to see them coming together you know they’ve been winning 20 games a year but this year we put it all together”.
“Thirty years ago they won the first tournament game, since then we have not won so the days of the Phi Slama Jama are going to return to University of Houston”, says university President Renu Khator.
The president decked out in red and cheering loudly as the team got their big win. “I’m very proud of the team and the coach and of course I’m very happy for the alumni of the city”, says Khator.