HARTFORD, Conn. -- University of Houston junior guard Rob Gray led all players with 25 points and seven rebounds, but it would not be enough as the Cougars dropped a 74-65 decision to host UConn during the Quarterfinals of the Frontier Communications American Athletic Conference Championship inside XL Center.
Playing all 40 minutes, Gray - who entered the game as the league's leading scorer - connected on 10-of-22 shots from the field and dished out three assists.
The Cougars, who earned the league's No. 3 seed after finishing 12-6 in American play - started the game well and jumped out to a 20-9 lead when Gray buried a jumper with 10:31 remaining in the first half.
Unfortunately, UConn - who was playing as the tournament's No. 6 seed - closed out the half on a 26-6 run to build a lead it would never relinquish.
The Cougars fought back valiantly several times, but the Huskies had an answer each time. After sophomore Galen Robinson Jr. made a layup to move the Cougars to within 37-35, UConn scored the next four points.
Junior forward Devin Davis moved Houston to within 44-42 with 13:14 left, but UConn scored the next seven points. Gray's 3-pointer with 4:25 left pulled the Cougars to within 59-55, but the Huskies scored six of the game's next eight points.
Robinson totaled 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting with five rebounds and five assists, while senior guard Damyean Dotson posted 15 points with three rebounds. Dotson also finished the night with three 3-pointers, extending his school record to 31 consecutive games with at least one trey.
UConn point guard Jalen Adams led the Huskies with 23 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and a 9-of-10 effort from the free throw line. Guard Rodney Purvis added 18 points with a team-high six rebounds, while guards Christian Vital and Vance Jackson tallied 11 points apiece.
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