San Diego State wins MWC
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Brandon Heath scored 22 points and Kyle Spain
hit three free throws in the final 11.5 seconds to help San Diego State to a
69-64 overtime win over Wyoming for the Mountain West Conference Tournament
Marcus Slaughter added 16 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out near the
end of regulation for the Aztecs (24-8), who won the tournament for the second
time in five years. Spain ended with 11 points and 12 boards, as San Diego
State earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Brandon Ewing had 22 points and Brad Jones added 15 for the Cowboys (14-18),
who entered the tournament as the seventh seed, but proved a tough test for
the top seed. Justin Williams added 16 rebounds for Wyoming.
The Aztecs won the game despite shooting 28.8 percent.
Two free throws by Jones with 7.1 seconds left in regulation forced overtime.
Spain had a chance to give the Aztecs the win at the end of the second half,
but blew a layup.
Heath’s turnaround jumper with 35.2 seconds left in overtime gave San Diego
State a 64-63 lead. The Aztecs got the ball back after a tie-up in the lane,
and Heath made two free throws with 19.3 seconds to go. That left the score at
66-63, ending an 8-1 San Diego State run.
Jones made one free throw, but Spain countered with one at the charity stripe
with 11.5 seconds left.
Ewing then lost the ball after Spain attempted to foul him, and Steve Leven
missed a three-point try.
Spain was fouled with 1.8 seconds left and sealed the victory with two free
San Diego State did not make a field goal in the final 5:35 of the first half,
scoring all 11 of its points in that stretch from the free throw line, with
six of those points coming from Slaughter. The Aztecs led 32-31 at the half.
This will be San Diego State’s fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and the first
since 2002. This is also the Aztecs’ second MWC Tournament crown in seven
seasons and they become the first two-time winner in league history…San
Diego State broke the record for steals in a championship game with 10,
surpassing the record of nine by UNLV vs. San Diego State from
2002…Slaughter broke the record for most free throws made in a title game
with 10…The Cowboys shot 35.6 percent…The 66 field-goal attempts by the
Aztecs is a new championship game record, surpassing the previous record of 63
held by UNLV vs. San Diego State in 2002.