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Saturday, March 13, 2010
San Diego State wins MWC tournament

By Diamond Leung

San Diego State is off to the NCAA tournament after beating UNLV on its home floor 55-45, and the Aztecs will go dancing for the first time since 2006.

Kawhi Leonard set a Mountain West Conference tournament record with a career-high 21 rebounds to go along with 16 points to lead the Aztecs, and he was named the MVP of the event.

San Diego State committed 18 turnovers, but also forced 15 of them, with UNLV shooting only 32.7 percent from the field.

It was San Diego State students who rushed the floor at the Thomas & Mack Center after chanting "this is our house" in the game's waning moments.

Point guard D.J. Gay added 11 points, and senior Kelvin Davis had nine.

UNLV got 11 points each out of Tre'Von Willis and Oscar Bellfield.