MBK: Aztecs Clinch Share of MWC Title in Finale
March 5th, 2011
-- Kawhi Leonard had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 9 San Diego State beat Colorado State 66-48 on Saturday night to share the Mountain West Conference title with No. 3 BYU.
The Aztecs (29-2, 14-2) will be the No. 2 seed in the MWC tournament at Las Vegas. BYU will be No. 1 because of its two 13-point wins against the Aztecs. SDSU got the chance to share the title when BYU lost to New Mexico by 18 points on Wednesday night, a day after forward Brandon Davies was kicked off the team for breaking the school's honor code.
Students rushed the court at the buzzer to celebrate the second conference title in coach Steve Fisher's 12 seasons at SDSU, and the first for this group of players.
Leonard, a sophomore forward, had his 21st double-double of the season and 38th of his career.
Andy Ogide scored 11 for Colorado State (19-11, 9-7), which lost for the fourth time in five games.
The Aztecs took control by scoring 10 straight points early in the second half, including two free throws and a jumper by Leonard, for a 37-29 lead. Billy White, Chase Tapley and Malcolm Thomas each made a basket during the run.
White, one of five seniors honored before the game, scored 13 points. Senior point guard D.J. Gay had a rough night, shooting 3 of 14 from the floor, including 1 of 9 from 3-point range, for seven points.
SDSU jumped to an early 15-6 lead behind Leonard and Tapley before CSU went on a 13-0 run to take a 19-15 lead.
The Rams went ahead 27-23 on a free throw by Ogide and a 3-pointer by Wes Eikmeier with 3:41 before halftime.
CSU didn't score after that, and SDSU tied it at 27 with a jumper by Leonard and a turnaround jumper by White. They were the Aztecs' only field goals in the final 8 1/2 minutes of the half.