San Diego State wins Mountain West title, earns NCAA berth - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

San Diego State wins Mountain West title, earns NCAA berth

Posted: Updated:
San Diego State center Kameron Rooks (45) pulls down a rebound next to New Mexico guard Troy Simons (31) during the first half of the championship of the MWC championship Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow) San Diego State center Kameron Rooks (45) pulls down a rebound next to New Mexico guard Troy Simons (31) during the first half of the championship of the MWC championship Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Troy Kell scored 28 points to lead San Diego State to an 82-75 victory over New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference tournament championship on Saturday.

The Aztecs (22-10) earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

San Diego State also got 16 points from Malik Pope and 12 from Devin Watson.

The Aztecs, who played in a record 10th Mountain West tournament championship game, were playing in the title game for the fourth time in five seasons, and eighth time in 10 years.

San Diego State will ride a nine-game win streak into the Big Dance, its longest since winning 11 in a row during the 2015 season. During the nine-game win streak, the Aztecs are winning by an average margin of 13.3.

After San Diego State opened the second half by hitting 5 of 6 and 8 of 13, the Lobos found a rhythm and connected on 5 of 7, and used a 21-10 run to take a 63-57 lead with 7:35 left in the game.

But the Aztecs weren't ready to concede.

Kell hit a pair of free throws, Jeremy Hemsley buried his first bucket of the game - a 3-pointer - and Max Montana completed a four-point play after being fouled on his trey, igniting a 15-2 run. Suddenly, San Diego State was back in front, 72-65 with 3:57 remaining.

Antino Jackson led five players in double figures, scoring 17 points for the Lobos (19-15).

Ranked fifth in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (11.1), New Mexico was 8 of 24 from beyond the arc.

There were 11 lead changes and six ties in a game that featured first-year coaches in San Diego State's Brian Dutcher and New Mexico's Paul Weir.

BIG PICTURE

New Mexico: Junior Anthony Mathis, who ranks third in the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage with a 49.5 clip from long range, and ranks third all-time on the school's single-season list for 3-pointers made with 98, was 2 of 7 from long range.

San Diego State: The Aztecs overcame their postseason woes against New Mexico, which came into the game sporting a 4-1 mark against San Diego State in the Mountain West tournament and 2-1 when the teams met as members in the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

UP NEXT

New Mexico: Will hope to get a call from a lower-tier postseason tournament.

San Diego State: Will play in the NCAA Tournament.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Amid turmoil, USA Gymnastics takes small steps forward

    Amid turmoil, USA Gymnastics takes small steps forward

    Friday, August 17 2018 5:20 AM EDT2018-08-17 09:20:26 GMT
    Saturday, August 18 2018 2:47 AM EDT2018-08-18 06:47:16 GMT
    (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File). Morgan Hurd practices on the balance beam during a training session at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Boston. The mandate to change the culture within USA Gymnastics will take years. Yet...(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File). Morgan Hurd practices on the balance beam during a training session at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Boston. The mandate to change the culture within USA Gymnastics will take years. Yet...
    USA Gymnastics has preached the need for a culture change in the wake of the scandal surrounding disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar and is starting to create a path forward under new... 
    USA Gymnastics has preached the need for a culture change in the wake of the scandal surrounding disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar and is starting to create a path forward under new high-performance director Tom Forster. 
  • NFL players, coaches protecting skin on every given sun day

    NFL players, coaches protecting skin on every given sun day

    Friday, August 17 2018 5:05 AM EDT2018-08-17 09:05:26 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-08-18 01:21:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is shown during their NFL training camp football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Quinn said he's had a spot "removed or checked on" in annual ...(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is shown during their NFL training camp football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Quinn said he's had a spot "removed or checked on" in annual ...
    Blocks and screens: NFL players and coaches protecting skin in different ways on every given sun day. 
    Blocks and screens: NFL players and coaches protecting skin in different ways on every given sun day. 
  • ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro: Network won't show national anthem on 'Monday Night Football'

    ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro: Network won't show national anthem on 'Monday Night Football'

    Friday, August 17 2018 6:56 PM EDT2018-08-17 22:56:25 GMT

    New ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro told reporters Friday that the network does not plan to televise the national anthem as part of its Monday Night Football broadcasts this season.

     

    New ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro told reporters Friday that the network does not plan to televise the national anthem as part of its Monday Night Football broadcasts this season.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.