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Oklahoma vs San Diego State

San Diego St. rolls past Sooners

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- San Diego State did nothing spectacular and may not find its play on many tournament video clips.

Leave the stylish dunks to other games around the bracket.

The Aztecs found a way to play another game, and that's all that mattered.

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"We don't think about the highlights and everything," guard Chase Tapley said. "A win is a win and we'll take it any way we can get it."

Jamaal Franklin scored 21 points, James Rahon had 17 and San Diego State beat Oklahoma 70-55 on Friday night to earn its third NCAA tournament victory.

The seventh-seeded Aztecs (23-10) will play No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday in the South Regional. The Eagles introduced themselves to the college basketball world with a 78-68 win over Georgetown.

After that thriller, this game never stood a chance.

San Diego State traveled 2,732 miles to play in the NCAA tournament. The Aztecs surely didn't mind delaying their return trip home.

Beat the Eagles, and they'll be in the round of 16 for the second time in three years. Coach Steve Fisher was proud Franklin, Rahon and Tapley had been a part of the program for all of the Aztecs' NCAA victories.

"We are hungry to add to it and proud of the fact that we got one tonight," Fisher said.

The Aztecs outrebounded the 10th-seeded Sooners 40-29 and used a modest 8-0 run late in the second half to snap a tie game and take control. The Aztecs are in the tournament for the fourth straight season but they had only won games in 2011 when they reached the round of 16.

Built around upperclassman, the Aztecs firmly believed they had a deep run ahead and wanted to send out seniors like Tapley and DeShawn Stephens (11 rebounds) as winners. They treated the game like a business trip and played like it.

"You just want to go to your teammates and just hug them," Tapley said. "We just accomplished something. Let's keep on going."

Romero Osby scored 22 points for the Sooners (20-12).

Basketball fans looking for YouTube worthy highlights in this game to go with the big upsets and eye-popping plays had to turn to the rest of field. Most of the crowd of 20,125 -- perhaps spent from watching the Florida Gulf Coast-Georgetown upset -- left by the time the Aztecs wrapped this one up.

There was nothing spectacular about the way the Aztecs constructed their win. They just methodically picked apart OU's defense one open look at a time.

Tapley snapped a 50-all tie with a layup and Stephens made a fantastic out-of-nowhere tip in off a missed layup during a routine 8-0 run that, fittingly, was the difference.

Osby broke up the fun with a 3 to keep the Sooners within striking distance

But Rahon hit a 3 and Franklin buried a long jumper for a 10-point lead. Rahon jogged off the court during a substitution to an appreciative ovation from the fans behind the bench. Fisher slapped him on the back for job well done.

Franklin said nothing has topped the run to the regionals semifinals in 2011. But he'd like to try.

"I have so many memories that I can't say this memory is the best I have," he said. "I'm just thankful to be on the San Diego State basketball team."

No other player hit double digits for the Sooners. Lon Kruger became the first coach to lead five different programs to the NCAA tournament. He brought Kansas State, Florida, Illinois and UNLV into the tournament.

Osby, their first-team All-Big 12 senior guard was their lone sense of hope. Every time the Aztecs seemed they might stretch their lead even more, Osby was there with a short jumper or tough basket inside. Osby couldn't carry them alone and left the court with a loss in his final game.

"I want to leave a stamp of, hey, this program is back and we're on to bigger and better things," he said. "We just don't want to look back from here."

Once the Aztecs broke through and took the lead for good, they simply made the parade of free throws in the final minutes to seal it. A small pocket of fans chanted "Coach! Coach! Coach!" as Fisher walked off a winner. The Aztecs made 16 of 17 free throws; OU was just 4 of 8.

Behind Osby, Oklahoma led 33-31 at the break. With no other support, the Sooners couldn't keep it going another 20 minutes. The Sooners shot 37 percent in the second half and missed 16 of 21 3-point attempts.

"The timing of not making shots was not good," Kruger said.

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Scoreboard
Oklahoma #10 332255
San Diego State #7 «313970
OKLA:R. Osby 22 Pts
OKLA:R. Osby 8 Reb
OKLA:S. Grooms 3 Ast
SDGST:J. Franklin 21 Pts
SDGST:D. Stephens 11 Reb
SDGST:X. Thames 4 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
OklahomaSan Diego State
OKLA
Romero Osby
SDGST
Jamaal Franklin
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
22822184
Oklahoma Sooners
R. Osby, F379-152-382322
A. M'Baye, F244-100-04138
J. Hornbeak, G242-51-22145
S. Pledger, G221-80-02043
S. Grooms, G181-30-00313
B. Hield, G252-50-04134
I. Cousins, G222-61-35226
C. Clark, G162-50-01004
T. Neal, F90-10-02000
A. Fitzgerald, F30-00-00000
R. Spangler, FDid Not Play
C. Arent, CDid Not Play
J. Fraschilla, GDid Not Play
D. Bennett, FDid Not Play
C. Cole, FDid Not Play
S. Noworyta, FDid Not Play
Totals 23-584-828102055
 39.7%50.0% 
San Diego State Aztecs
J. Franklin, G376-137-784321
X. Thames, G342-90-06405
C. Tapley, G283-103-332210
J. O'Brien, F282-32-24426
D. Stephens, F263-61-211127
J. Rahon, G196-113-320117
W. Shepard, F141-20-02012
S. Spencer, F141-20-00002
A. Quinn, GDid Not Play
L. Franklin, GDid Not Play
D. Polee II, FDid Not Play
J. Johnson, FDid Not Play
J. Castleberry, GDid Not Play
A. Douglas, GDid Not Play
N. Ebrahimian, GDid Not Play
R. Staten, GDid Not Play
M. Shrigley, FDid Not Play
Totals 24-5616-1736151170
 42.9%94.1% 
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Iowa St.0-02-0163
Kansas St.0-02-1239
Oklahoma0-02-1211
Texas Tech0-02-142
Kansas0-01-1157

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
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San Diego St0-03-052
Wyoming0-03-056
Air Force0-03-1327
Boise St.0-03-147
UNLV0-03-155
Utah St.0-03-141
New Mexico0-03-2271
Nevada0-02-229
San Jose St.0-01-3287
Fresno St.0-00-2312
 
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