LAS VEGAS – University of Houston guards Damyean Dotson and Rob Gray, Jr., led five Cougars in double digits with 21 points as the Cougars rallied late to take a 94-89 win in double overtime against Wyoming on Tuesday evening inside Cox Pavilion during the Global Sports Classic Championship Round.
The Cougars, who improved to 9-2 this season, led by as many as 15 points late in the first half but saw that advantage vanish after Wyoming took advantage of a 12-0 run midway through the second half to take a 61-55 lead with 4:28 left in regulation.
Wyoming eventually grabbed a 67-63 lead on Josh Adams’ bucket with 59 seconds remaining, but Gray nailed a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to pull Houston to within 67-66. With the Cougars forced to foul, Wyoming’s Jason McManamen gave the Cowboys a 69-66 lead with 26 seconds left.
On the Cougars’ ensuing possession, Gray drove the lane for a layup but was fouled with 19 seconds left. The Forest City, N.C., native calmly drained the free throw to complete the and-1 and knot the game at 69-69. Holding for the last shot, Trey Washington’s trey attempt at the buzzer was off the mark, sending the Cougars into their second overtime contest of the season.
Late in regulation, Houston Head Coach Kelvin Sampson elected to play with a smaller lineup featuring four guards. For most of the end of regulation and both overtime periods, Dotson often competed as the Cougars’ tallest player on the floor.
Things didn’t start well in the first overtime period with the Cowboys scoring the first three points. Houston answered with treys from Dotson and junior guard Ronnie Johnson and held a 77-72 lead after a Dotson steal and dunk with 2:50 remaining. Unfortunately, Wyoming closed the first OT on a 7-2 run and tied the game on Adams’ layup with only two seconds remaining.
The Cowboys grabbed the early lead in the second overtime period and held an 85-81 lead following McManamen’s 3-pointer with 3:23 left. The two teams eventually battled to an 86-86 tie, but Johnson sank a layup to give the Cougars an 88-86 lead with 1:46 remaining.
After a missed Wyoming shot, Dotson buried another layup with just 65 seconds to go for a 90-86 Houston lead. Adams buried two more free throws to move Wyoming to within 90-88 and pulled to within 90-89 when Washington hit 1-of-2 free throws with 13 seconds left.
With the shot clock off and Wyoming forced to foul, sophomore guard Wes VanBeck drained both tries to give Houston a 92-89 lead with 12 seconds remaining. Adams’ 3-point try on the Cowboys’ ensuing possession was off the mark, and after snaring the defensive rebound, Dotson was fouled and sank both free throws for the final margin of victory.
Gray and Dotson each made eight field goals with three treys in the win with Dotson’s 14 rebounds leading all players. Johnson came off the bench to post 15 points with five rebounds and three assists, while Robinson totaled 12 points with five assists and two rebounds without a turnover in 34 minutes. Senior forward Devonta Pollard added 10 points and three rebounds.
Adams, who entered the game as the nation’s second leading scorer, finished with 34 points, thanks to a 16-of-19 effort from the free throw line. McManamen totaled 23 points with a game-high four 3-pointers, while Alexander Aka Gorski added 12 points with three boards.
Following Tuesday’s game, the Cougars return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion to play host to Nicholls State at 1 p.m., Monday, in its final non-conference game of the season.
From there, the Cougars open American Athletic Conference play on a 2-game road swing. The trip begins at 1 p.m. (CST), Dec. 30, vs. USF in Tampa, Fla., and continues at 11 a.m. (CST), Jan. 2 at Temple.
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