The Mountain West is now for sure getting four teams into the NCAA tournament. This matchup was the complete opposite of the previous round games which were high scoring and down to the wire. The first half of this game was less then desirable to watch as the game was scoreless for the first four minutes and half ended with San Diego State up 25-22. Neither team was able to shoot the ball which was a surprise since the Rebels were playing on their home court in front of sell out crowd that was a pro Rebel crowd.
The second half was only slightly better then the first half, but neither team really shot all that well. Both teams shot under forty percent from the field. The Rebels did look to look like they were going to pull away as they lead 38-34 halfway through the second half after coming back from a 28-24 deficit. Then the Aztecs decided to shoot the ball well to take control of the game, and Rebels kept shooting their 30 something percent. Plus the rebels had five of their 15 turnovers in the last eight minutes of the game.
The player of the game was MWC freshman of the year Kawhi Leonard who had 16 points and rebounds to lead all players. While the home team Rebels leading scorer was Tre'Von Willis and Oscar Bellfield had eleven each. Besides that no player stood out from either team.