Posted by Jeff Borzello
Although the first weekend of the NCAA tournament has had plenty of great endings and game-winning shots in the final seconds, it took until Saturday night to get bonus basketball in the second or third round.
It wasn’t the most exciting or aesthetically-pleasing game, but San Diego State and Temple gave us some of the best drama of the tournament so far in the Aztecs’ 71-64 win. It wasn’t until San Diego State went on a 10-3 run in the second overtime that the result was finalized.
Billy White led the way for San Diego State with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while fellow frontcourt mates Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas combined for 29 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, four steals and four blocks.
San Diego State seemed on the verge of winning in regulation, leading by seven with six minutes left. Temple went on a 9-2 run to send it into overtime, with Chase Tapley missing a baseline jumper in the final seconds.
In the first overtime, Temple took a three point lead, before Thomas finished a three-point play with two minutes left to tie the game. Thomas would miss an inside jumper at the end of the overtime.
Temple struggled in the second overtime. The Owls’ shots all fell short for the most part, and they couldn’t get defensive stops when needed. Leonard iced the game for San Diego State with two free throws, followed by a steal and dunk.
The game wasn’t pretty and it certainly wasn’t the most memorable of match-ups, but it was still 50 minutes of drama.
Sometimes, quantity outdoes quality.
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