Maryland had a balanced attack led by Jordan Williams (21 points), Landon Milbourne (19 points), Greivis Vasquez (16) and Eric Hayws with 11 points.
The key to this one was the 12 missed free throws by Houston. You can't go 20-for-32 from the line in the NCAA Tournament and expect to win a game. Maryland went 21 of 25 from the line. But the Terps also beat the Cougars on the boards, 47-27. Losing the battle on the boards by 20 and missing 12 free throws is just too much to overcome.
Houston's top two guns Aubrey Coleman (26 points) and Kelvin Lewis (24 points) did their jobs, but no one else did. Kendrick Washington is the only other Cougar starter who scored and he has four points.
Houston was down, 47-42, with 18:10 left, but Maryland went crazy, outscoring the Cougars, 17-11over the next seven-plus minutes for a 64-53 lead.
This game was billed as one of the more exciting matchups of the first round. And it lived up to the hype as the teams went back and forth for much of the first half.
Maryland ended the half on a 35-foot three-pointer by Adam Brown as time expired. Houston rallied from a 37-29 deficit with 2:01 left.
Landon Milbourne and Jordan Williams led Maryland with 10 points each. The Terrapins shot 48 percent from the field and beat the Cougars on the boards, 24-16.
Aubrey Coleman, one of the nation's top scorers, has 16 points at the half for Houston.