Saturday, March 19, 2011
Rapid Reaction: San Diego St. 71, Temple 64
By Ted Miller
TUCSON, Ariz. -- San Diego State's 71-64 victory over Temple in double-overtime was equal parts thriller and ugly. But here's a guess that the Aztecs will take it.
Turning point: San Diego State took a 7-point lead at 52-45 with 7:18 left. The Aztecs would score only one more basket in regulation, and Temple tied the game at 54-54 on a hook shot from Lavoy Allen to force the first overtime. The turning point in the second overtime? Temple got two looks to tie the game at 65, but Khalif Wyatt and Allen both missed. Billy White then made a fadeaway jump shot on the other end, and the Aztecs had a little breathing room with two minutes left. The Owls scored just one more point.
Key player: With Kawhi Leonard struggling, White stepped up again by scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.
Key stat: Leonard was just 5-of-14 from the field, but he connected on all six of his free throws, including four in the second overtime.
Miscellaneous: Both teams couldn't score in the second half after shooting well in the first. Temple hit 33.3 percent of its shots, while the Aztecs managed only 34.6 percent. ... The Aztecs had a 12-0 advantage in fast break points at halftime, but Temple had a 7-4 advantage in the second half.
What's next: San Diego State plays the winner of the Connecticut-Cincinnati game in the Sweet 16 on Thursday in Anaheim.