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San Diego St. escapes thanks to buzzer-beating 3-pointer


Mike Miller

No. 18 San Diego State sports the Mountain West player of the year in Jamaal Franklin. So when the top seed in the conference tourney’s top seed found itself tied with Boise State with seconds remaining, here’s what Aztecs coach Steve Fisher told his team:

Give him the ball and let him make a play.”

Good call.

Franklin nailed an off-balance 3-ponter at the buzzer, giving SDSU a 65-62 win in its tournament opener and avoiding early exits that other top seeds suffered during the last week. Franklin finished with 19 points.

The shot came as a relief to an Aztec (25-6) team that blew an 8-point lead in the final three minutes, as Boise State took advantage of two SDSU turnovers to make it close. But thanks to Franklin and a little luck, they’re off to the MWC semifinals where they’ll play the TCU-Colorado State winner on Friday.

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