Cowboys Fall to San Diego State in Overtime Shocker, 78-77

Jan. 28, 2006

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Trimaine Davis converted a three-point play with 0.3 seconds remaining in overtime to lift San Diego State to a 78-77 victory over Wyoming Saturday afternoon.

Davis rebounded a missed 3-point shot by Brandon Heath and was fouled as his put-back dropped, tying the score at 77. His free throw sealed the win.

Wyoming (11-9, 4-3 Mountain West) trailed 62-56 with 6:07 remaining in regulation, before going on a 12-6 run. A jumper by Steve Leven with 29 seconds left tied the score at 68, forcing overtime.

Wyoming jumped out to a four-point lead early in overtime, but poor free throw shooting cost them down the stretch. The Cowboys made only 14 of 29 attempts on the night, for 48.3 percent, including missing 10 of their final 16.

Wyomings Brandon Ewing, who is hitting 82 percent of his free throws this season, made just two of eight attempts, including four consecutive misses in the final seconds of overtime.

San Diego State (14-6, 7-1) shot 78.1 percent from the line, making 25 of 32 attempts in the game.

The Aztecs have now won three consecutive MWC games on the road for the first time since 1978.

Marcus Slaughter led the Aztecs with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Mohamed Abukar scored 19, and Heath added 14 points.

Leven led Wyoming with 25 points. Brad Jones scored 13, and Justin Williams grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cowboys.

Williams basket for Wyoming at 12:59 in the first half marked the first field goal of the game, after both teams started 0-10 from the field. After that, there were seven ties and 10 lead changes before San Diego State made a final 7-2 run to pull ahead 37-33 at halftime.

Williams, who ranks No. 2 in the nation in blocked shots, re-injured his ankle at 7:37 and sat out the remainder of the first half. After that, Abukar scored 17 of San Diego States final 20 points in the half.

Williams returned in the second half but was held to just two rebounds and no points.