Gray's late shot lifts Houston over SDSU

Gray scored 23 of Houston's 28 second-half points, finished with a career-high 39 and led the Cougars to a thrilling 67-65 victory over San Diego State in the NCAA Tournament opening round Thursday.

Both teams played with a fast pace, but it came with a cost as the two teams combined for nine turnovers in the first 10 minutes. Houston plays again in Wichita on Saturday. "I couldn't be more proud of a group than I am of this one". Junior Corey Davis Jr. contributes 13.5 points while shooting 44 percent from the 3-point line and sophomore Armoni Brooks - the American Athletic Conference's Sixth Man of the Year - adds 9.8 points and shoots 42.3 percent beyond the arc.

Even before Gray's go-ahead score (and the near-miracle shot that San Diego State bricked on the ensuing possession), this game's final 70 seconds were absolutely bonkers.

"We're going home and we're disappointed over that", Dutcher said in a post-game news conference.

Five players are averaging at least 10.2 points per game for San Diego State, they are Malik Pope (12.9), Devin Watson (12.3), Matt Mitchell (10.7), Trey Kell (10.4) and Jalen McDaniels (10.2). Here's the entire final minute. Gray held the ball up as time ticked down, then made his move.

The victor of the San Diego State vs Houston game will take on the victor of the No. 3 MI vs No. 14 Montana game in the Second Round on Saturday, March 17. Tonight, Houston's Rob Gray won it for the Cougars.

Vanessa Coleman