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Tapley carries No. 16 San Diego State to OT win [VIDEO]

Chase Tapley

San Diego State guard Chase Tapley leaves the Colorado State defenders in his wake as he scores after a steal during overtime in San Diego State’s 79-72 victory in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday Jan. 12, 2013, in San Diego. Tapley scored 12 points in overtime. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)


They don’t call it the Wild (Mountain) West for nothing.

OK, nobody calls it that. But this game was a nail-biter until the waning moments. It took overtime for No. 16 San Diego State to seal a 79-72 win over league rival Colorado State.

Jamaal Franklin had 23 points to lead all scorers in this instant classic, but it was Chase Tapley’s 12 points in overtime that sealed the deal for the Aztecs. SDSU went into the locker room at halftime ahead by 18 points, and it seemed a laugher was in progress.

Let it be known, CSU coach Larry Eustachy doesn’t do laughers.

Minnesota transfer Colton Iverson rallied the Rams with an 18 point, 11 rebound effort, looking unstoppable at times. It was Iverson’s layup that tied the game at 63, sending it to overtime. After the game, SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said he felt either team could win the MWC race this year. See for yourself: