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March 11, 2006
This is the first championship game in Mountain West Tournament history to go to overtime. The last five championship games were all decided by four points or less, but did not take extra minutes to decide the winner.
This is the third meeting between the Aztecs and Cowboys in the Mountain West Tournament, with San Diego State now holding the 2-1 advantage in the series.
The Mountain West Conference regular season champion is now 3-1 in the MWC Tournament championship game. (UNLV, 2000; BYU, 2001; SDSU, 2006)
This will be San Diego State's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and the first since 2002. This is also the Aztecs second MWC Tournament crown in seven seasons and they become the first two-time winner in league history.
San Diego State junior guard Brandon Heath scored eight of the first 10 points for the Aztecs in the overtime.
San Diego State did not make a field goal in the final 5:35 of the first half, scoring all 11 of its points in that stretch from the free throw line, with six of those points coming at the hands of junior forward Marcus Slaughter.
San Diego State broke the record for steals in a championship game with 10, surpassing the record of nine by UNLV vs. San Diego State from 2002.
Wyoming broke the blocked shots record from a title contest with six, besting the previous record of five by UNLV vs. BYU from 2000.
San Diego State junior forward Marcus Slaughter broke the record for most free throws made in a title game with 10, breaking the previous record of eight by Danny Granger, New Mexico vs. Utah, 2005. His 13 attempts is also a championship final record, breaking the previous record of 11 by Lou Kelly, UNLV vs. San Diego State from 2002.
Heath broke the record for field goal attempts in a Mountain West Tournament game with 27, breaking the old record of 25 by Ruben Douglas, New Mexico vs. UNLV, 2002. He also breaks the championship game record of 22 by Dalron Johnson, UNLV vs. San Diego State, 2002.
Wyoming senior Justin Williams broke the record for blocked shots in a title game with six, breaking the previous record of three by Wayland White, New Mexico vs. BYU, 2001. Williams also tallied 16 rebounds in the game, which ties for the fourth most in a MWC Tournament game and ties the record in a championship game (16, Andrew Bogut, Utah vs. New Mexico, 2005).
Williams also holds the tournament record for blocks with 23 and the career record with 24 and his six blocks from this evening ties for the second most in a tournament single game.
The 66 field-goal attempts by the Aztecs is a new championship game record, surpassing the previous record of 63 held by UNLV vs. San Diego State in 2002.
The .288 field goal percentage by the Aztecs is also the lowest by any team to win a conference title. Four of the previous six shot better than 51 percent from the field and San Diego State is the second team (Utah, 2004) to have a worse field goal percentage than the opponent and still pull off the victory.
Wyoming sophomore guard Brad Jones tied the championship game record for steals with four, tying the record by JK Edwards, UNLV vs. Colorado State, 2003. Jones also ties for the fourth most steals in a tournament game and breaks the sophomore record for steals of three, held by five different student-athletes.
Wyoming freshman guard Brandon Ewing and Jones scored 11 of the last 13 points of regulation for the Cowboys, with six points coming from the free throw line. The Cowboys did not make a field goal in the final 6:35 of the second half.
2006 Mountain West All-Tournament Team:
Brandon Heath, San Diego State
Marcus Slaughter, San Diego State
Justin Williams, Wyoming
Brandon Ewing, Wyoming
Luke Nevill, Utah
2006 Mountain West Tournament MVP
Marcus Slaughter, San Diego State