Houston’s Jamal Shead goes viral for picking up trash following close loss at Alabama

Houston’s 14th-ranked men’s basketball team was on the wrong end of a tough โ€” and controversial โ€” loss at No. 9ย Alabama on Saturday, one in which coach Kelvin Sampson and others on his staff did not exhibit model sportsmanship.

Sampson and the Cougars faithful were upset about a non-call on a last-second shot block by Alabama’s JD Davison to preserve the Crimson Tide’s 83-82 victory in Tuscaloosa, Ala. โ€” a play that could have been called goaltending. It was a close call, but the ball appeared to be falling away from the basket and wasn’t above the circle of the rim, which suggests the no-call was correct.

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That said, Sampson was adamant in his postgame interview with reporters that it was a goaltend. Prior to his media availability, a viral image showed him refusing to shake Alabama coach Nate Oats’ hand. Another video showed a Houston assistant and senior forward Reggie Chaney kicking over a trash can and breaking a chair in frustration.

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It was a frustrating situation to be in for the Cougars โ€” which makes the composure and class shown by sophomore guard Jamal Shead all the more impressive. Shead, who scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting and tallied one rebound, three assists and two steals in the loss, was seen in a now-viral video picking up the mess created in the aftermath of the game’s ending:

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The move was highly appreciated by Houston and Alabama fans, as well as neutral observers:

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