Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Rob Gray's Game-Winning Layup Lifts Houston Over San Diego State

Rob Gray's Game-Winning Layup Lifts Houston Over San Diego State

Senior guard Rob Gray had a career high 39 points to lead the Cougars over the Aztecs.

The total of last-second game winners in this year's NCAA Tournament is now up to two.

Outside of Gray's heroics in helping Houston fend off the upset, the most exciting action in Thursday's first-round action came from Loyola-Chicago's buzzer-beating upset of Miami. That lead grew to 13 at one point, but the No. 11 Aztecs chipped away throughout the half as UH - aside from Gray - scuffled offensively. The shot capped a wild final minute-plus that saw three three-pointers and everyone wanting to be the hero.

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The two teams started the second half by trading twos and three back and forth until the Aztecs made some adjustments.

The Aztecs are taking on conference runner-up Houston Cougars who are the No. 6 seed and a four-point favorite over San Diego State.

A key stat: San Diego State left 14 points at the free throw line, making only 21 of 35 attempts. Then, Watson responded with his second three of the game to pull even once more. Here's the entire final minute. He drove the ball into the lane and finished with a go-ahead layup to put the Cougars up by 2 points with 1.1 seconds remaining.

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That could be a difference if there are a lot of second-chance opportunities for San Diego State which helped them get past Nevada and New Mexico in the conference tournament.

Houston now moves on to face the victor of MI and Montana, and Gray will have quite a performance to live up to.

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