D.J. Gay hit a jumper with less than two seconds to put No. 7 SDSU up two against CSU. Senior guard Adam Nigon chucked a pass towards his basket that was intercepted to end the game.
The Rams 15-7 (5-3) held a five point lead in the second half, but it only took a few quick baskets for the Aztecs and some turnovers by the Rams to help the Aztecs 22-1 (7-1) regain the lead.
Rams senior F/C Andy Ogide lead all scorers with 18 points and grabbed 12 boards for his eighth double-double of the season. Travis Franklin chipped in with 12 points, but was in foul trouble early in the second half, allowing him only to get 27 minutes of action.
San Diego State's 6'7" forward Kawhi Leonard quietly scored 12 points and grabbed 15 boards for his 15th double-double this season. James Rahon hit three three-pointers and scored 15 points off the bench for the Aztecs.
The Rams missed eight free throws and also missed numerous lay-ups, something that can not be done against one of the best teams in the nation. The Rams really could have used this win, who are currently on the tournament "bubble."
The Rams have only lost three conference games to BYU, SDSU and UNM. None of these loses are "bad" losses for the Rams.
The Rams have a few quality wins, but really could have used a win against the No. 7 team in the nation. The Rams have eight games remaining until the MWC tournament in March.
Will the Rams Make the NCAA Tournament?
Even with the loss, the Rams showed to the nation that they can play with anyone; as long as they can have a solid rest of the season and play well in the conference tournament, they deserve a chance to really show how good they can be in the NCAA tournament.
SDSU's head coach Steve Fisher said of the Rams, “This is a big-time win. This is a good team. This team and Air Force are by far the two most improved teams in our league and two of the most improved teams in the country."
The Rams next game will be against Wyoming this Saturday, while the Aztecs will head home to take on TCU and Utah.
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