Friday, March 12, 2010
San Diego State stuns New Mexico
By Diamond Leung
LAS VEGAS -- Judging by the shirt-popping and dance moves that San Diego State players exhibited after the game, it appears the Aztecs think they might have unofficially punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament.
Taking down New Mexico, the No. 8 team in the nation, and snapping the Lobos' 15-game winning streak with a 72-69 win in a Mountain West Conference tournament semifinal could very well do it.
Billy White scored 28 points and led the celebration afterward, as the No. 4-seeded Aztecs survived a length-of-the-court driving layup attempt from Dairese Gary with .7 seconds left.
Kawhi Leonard added 15 points, including the final two free throws. He got San Diego State started quickly, knocking down back-to-back three-pointers to help the Aztecs score the game's first 11 points.
The Lobos went to the hot hand at the end of the game, as Gary finished with 17, and his desperation heave at the buzzer fell short as well.