DALLAS -- Jherrod Stiggers scored the first 6 points in overtime for Houston, including a 3-pointer, and the Cougars went on to record an 84-80 victory over SMU on Saturday.
Houston (14-7, 3-5 Conference USA) forced the overtime after trailing by 17 points at halftime. The Cougars outscored the Mustangs (12-11, 2-6) 53-26 in the second half.
Joseph Young led the way for Houston with 17 points. Stiggers had 16 off the bench, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range. TaShawn Thomas scored 15 points, J.J. Thomson scored 13 and Danuel House scored 10.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.