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Wyoming upsets San Diego State, 45-43, wins Mountain West Conference Tournament

The University of Wyoming is headed to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament after Josh Adams hit a three-pointer at the one-minute mark to lift his squad past the San Diego State Aztecs, 45-43. 

The Aztecs couldn’t muster up a response and instead had to settle for a layup off an offensive rebound after Adams’ three put them down by two. Larry Nance Jr. led all scorers with 14 points and added six rebounds, three assists and two blocks to fill up the stat sheet. Adams added 10. 

Malik Pope led the Aztecs with 13 points off the bench for San Diego State, who shot just 32.6 percent from the field. They especially struggled from deep, going just 23.5 percent from the three-point line. Wyoming overcame deficiencies on the boards by shooting 40 percent from the three-point line. The Aztecs out rebounded the Cowboys, 30-26. 

J.J. O’Brien, who has been the heart and soul of the Aztecs throughout his final collegiate season, added 12 points and five rebounds in a team-high 39 minutes. Dwayne Polee struggled to finish with just two points on 0-3 from the field which included 0-2 from beyond the arc. 

Wyoming punched its ticket to the Big Dance beginning next week, while the Aztecs will have to wait until Sunday to learn its fate. It’s widely believed that the Aztecs have done enough to warrant a spot in the field of 68.

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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