Houston cougars fall to Kentucky 62-58 in Sweet 16 clash

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KTRK) -- The University of Houston Cougars fought a nail-biting game against the Kentucky Wildcats but fell short, 62 to 58.

The team started out strong but Kentucky fought back and was leading Houston 37-26 at halftime of their Midwest Region semifinal, with PJ Washington returning from injury to score 8 points and give the Wildcats a big advantage inside.

ABC13 Eyewitness News caught the reaction Houstons players following the loss:

Breaon Brady reacts to loss against Kentucky
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"We went out swinging," said Breaon Brady after the Coogs' Sweet 16 clash.

Senior Galen Robinson wishes best for UH next year
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"I gave it all I had," said Houston's guard.

Houston's forward Fabian White reacts to heartbreaking loss
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Houston's forward Fabian White reacts to the heartbreaking loss against the University of Kentucky.

UH's Armoni Brooks reacts to Coogs loss in Sweet 16
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UH's Armoni Brooks reacts to Coogs' Sweet 16 defeat to Kentucky.

UH's Corey Davis reacts to Sweet 16 clash
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The Cougar's guard Corey Davis reacted to Sweet 16 clash against Kentucky.

Tyler Herro also has 8 points and has mostly shut down Houston's Corey Davis Jr., who has 5 points on 1-of-5 shooting after averaging 23.5 points in the Cougars' first two NCAA Tournament games.

The Wildcats closed the half on an 8-2 spurt to build their lead. They're shooting 58.8 percent against the nation's top field-goal percentage defense.

Reid Travis has 4 points and five rebounds to help the Wildcats to a 17-7 advantage on the boards.

Galen Robinson has scored 8 for the Cougars.

This was the team's first appearance in the Sweet 16 since 1984.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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