HOUSTON (AP) — Lamont Butler made a jumper astatine the buzzer, sending San Diego State to its archetypal nationalist title crippled with a 72-71 triumph implicit chap mid-major Florida Atlantic successful the Final Four connected Saturday night.
The Aztecs (32-6) appeared to beryllium successful occupation arsenic the free-flowing Owls (35-4) picked them isolated portion gathering a 14-point lead.
San Diego State got backmost successful it, arsenic it ever does, with defense.
The Aztecs unopen down FAU and pulled wrong 1 erstwhile Jaedon LeDee deed a abbreviated jumper with 36 seconds left. After FAU’s Johnell Davis missed a contested layup, the Aztecs didn’t telephone timeout and got the shot to Butler.
The timepiece ticking down, Butler dribbled to the baseline, recovered that chopped disconnected and circled back. He stepped backmost to make a small country and deed a jumper that sent the Aztecs racing retired onto the level — and into Monday’s title crippled against UConn oregon Miami.
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