WICHITA, Kan. – San Diego State’s men’s basketball team fell 67-65 to Houston in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday in Wichita, Kansas.
The thrilling last moments of the game ended in a loss to the University of Houston Cougars, eliminating the Aztecs from the tournament.
It was Brian Dutcher’s first trip to the Big Dance as a head coach, after taking over for Steve Fisher following the longtime coach’s retirement in April.
“We’re going home and we’re disappointed over that,” Dutcher said in a post-game news conference. “Congratulations to Houston. They fought hard, too. That’s what happens this time of the year — two good teams fighting hard ’til the end. They got one more play than we did and we’re going home and they’re moving on. I’m so proud of my team, the effort they put forward today to come from 13 down in the second half to fight all the way back in the game and have a shot to win it at the end. I couldn’t be more proud of a group than I am of this one.”
The Aztecs advanced to the tournament for the first time since 2015 with an 82-75 victory over New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference Tournament championship game on Saturday.