April 19, 2024
Jaedon LeDee and the Aztecs had a battle on their palms towards UNLV on the MW event. Picture credit score: @Aztec_MBB by way of X

San Diego State, needing to enhance on their latest gradual begins, as an alternative began even slower Thursday on the Mountain West event.

But when their early lags have hampered them, their lax free throw capturing did so late towards UNLV of their quarterfinal contest, pushing the sport to time beyond regulation.

But Jaedon LeDee, one of many offenders from the road, scored the ultimate 5 factors – three of them on free throws, no much less – with underneath a minute to go to offer SDSU a 74-71 win.

“This crew beat us 9 days in the past … we owed them one,” LeDee informed CBS Sports activities.

The Aztecs (23-9), the No. 5 seed, in denying No. 4 UNLV (19-12), earned the best to maneuver on to face the event’s prime seed, Utah State, which survived its personal problem in Thursday’s first sport. The semifinal sport begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

However to start, the Aztecs supplied up their worst first half of the season. It was salvaged considerably by Darrion Trammell, who shocked the Runnin’ Rebels by nailing a three-pointer after intercepting a foul inbounds go as time expired.

The shot left SDSU trailing by simply 5 at 27-22, after the Aztecs shot 27% for the half and missed their first eight three-point makes an attempt.

As a complete, UNLV didn’t shoot a lot better, simply 33%, however 4 essential pictures from lengthy distance, three of them by Justin Webster, gave them the benefit.

The opposite three, by Keylan Boone, gave the Runnin’ Rebels their greatest lead, 27-17 with 1:20 left within the half.

LeDee completed the interval on the bench with two fouls, however scored 9 factors. Lamont Butler added six, however UNLV stored SDSU to their lowest scoring first half this season; their earlier low was 26 factors was towards, ahem, Utah State on Feb. 20.

The momentum from Trammell’s three carried into the second half as San Diego State, led by LeDee, began making some pictures. His hookshot, adopted by a Jay Pal three, pulled the Aztecs inside two at 29-27.

After two extra buckets by LeDee, Trammell, with a shot from past the three-point line, tied the sport at 34. Butler then took it to the basket, as a part of a 12-0 run that gave SDSU a 41-34 lead.

It will develop to 10 with lower than seven minutes to play, because of a Miles Byrd three. However UNLV clawed its means again and although SDSU nonetheless led by seven with 1:35 to play, the Aztecs missed free-throw alternatives that would have sealed the win. Essentially the most painful? Misses by Micah Parrish that may have given them a four-point lead with 16 seconds to play.

“Micah feels horrible that that sport went into time beyond regulation,” assistant coach Dave Velasquez informed San Diego Sports activities 760. 

And UNLV star freshman Dedan Thomas Jr. did the remainder. Within the last 31 seconds, he scored thrice, together with a spinning drive to the bucket to tie it up with a half-second on the clock.

UNLV drew first blood in OT to take a 69-65 lead, however a Trammell layup and two free throws by LeDee knotted it up once more.

The Runnin’ Rebels retook the lead on a Rob Whaley Jr. dunk, however the last 50 seconds of the sport belonged to LeDee.

He made simply 5 of 10 second-half free throws, however in these waning seconds, he drew the Aztecs inside one, 71-70, by hitting certainly one of two. He gave his crew the lead with a jumper with :14 left, then landed two extra free throws with :02 left.

UNLV went to Thomas within the meantime, however he missed three pictures, together with an extended three on the buzzer that may have despatched the sport to double time beyond regulation. It got here shut, however bounced harmlessly off the rim.

LeDee scored 34, a SDSU file in MW event play. He added 16 rebounds. Thomas led UNLV with 29, 17 of them within the second half.

In different motion, Utah State (27-5) narrowly escaped towards No. 9 Fresno State (12-21), however took over in time beyond regulation to win 87-75. The Aztecs and Aggies break up their two conferences throughout the common season.