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Williams, Fresno State stun San Diego State 76-74

SAN DIEGO (AP) Deshon Taylor loved hearing Viejas Arena go silent as his Fresno State Bulldogs forced San Diego State into an epic final-minute meltdown.

New Williams stole the ball and scored the go-ahead basket on a slam dunk with 30 seconds left and Fresno State overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 2:50 to stun San Diego State 76-74 Wednesday night and clinch the No. 3 seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Taylor scored 25 points for Fresno State (21-8, 12-5 MWC), including a 3-pointer that keyed the comeback and then three free throws in the final 21 seconds.

''This is like a March Madness win,'' Taylor said. ''That's what it felt like.''

Taylor's 3-pointer pulled Fresno State to 72-69 with 1:02 left and then SDSU couldn't handle the Bulldogs' full-court press, committing three costly turnovers.

Braxton Huggins stole the ball and went in for a layup to pull within one point. Devin Watson was caught in traffic and threw the ball away to Williams for his slam dunk and a 73-72 lead with 30 seconds left.

''I feel like we took their soul with that one,'' Taylor said.

A third turnover resulted in Taylor going to the free throw line and making both for a 75-72 lead.

SDSU's Jalen McDaniels was fouled while taking a 3-pointer and had a chance to tie it with 10 seconds left. He made the first two free throws but missed the third and the Bulldogs rebounded. Taylor made the first of two free throws and Watson missed a desperation 3 at the buzzer.

''It's never giving up,'' Taylor said. ''This team comes together on the road. We play hard and we never want to lose on the road. We like to hear other crowds going silent. I told my guys, `This game's not over.' ''

SDSU coach Brian Dutcher said he was ''bitterly disappointed in the outcome of a very good college basketball game. We couldn't close the game and that is on all of us. ... We took a nice lead, we were playing with a good rhythm and in a matter of 1:20 it all slipped away. Credit to Fresno - they press without fouling.''

SDSU didn't call a timeout to try to stop Fresno State's momentum.

''Once the ball is inbounded the players have to call the time out. The refs won't let me call it,'' Dutcher said. ''The ball got inbounded and then it got moving too fast.''

Watson, a senior guard, had two of the three late turnovers.

''I think that is on the players and we've got to be better,'' said fellow senior guard Jeremy Hemsley. ''We let them speed us up a little, but in having two seniors on the court we have to know we have two timeouts. They did a good job of pressuring without fouling. We have to better, 100 percent.

''I wish we would have closed that game better.''

Huggins finished with 14 points.

Watson and McDaniels each scored 16 points while Hemsley had 15 and Nathan Mensah 12 for SDSU (19-11, 11-6).

San Diego State, which overcame a 15-point first-half deficit, seemed to have the game in hand when Matt Mitchell hit a 3-pointer for a 71-63 lead with 2:50 to go.

Fresno State's rookie head coach, Justin Hutson, who spent 10 seasons as an assistant at SDSU, over two stints, said the Bulldogs have been resilient all season.

''We came back and we gave ourselves a chance,'' Hutson said. ''That's all you can ask as a coach, is to keep fighting at the end. I've got a special group of guys that keep doing that.''

Winning at Viejas Arena was special.

''I know so many people here who treated me so great,'' Hutson said. ''It was a little different standing up on this sideline here, but it felt great to get a W.''

After trailing by 15 with seven minutes to go in the first half and 39-32 at halftime, SDSU went on a 13-5 run to open the second half and take its first lead of the game, 45-44, on McDaniels' slam dunk off a rebound. Hutson drew a technical foul during an ensuing timeout and Watson made both free throws for a 47-44 lead.

The Bulldogs beat SDSU 66-62 in Fresno on Jan. 22, when the Aztecs blew a 20-point first-half lead.

BIG PICTURE

Fresno State: The Bulldogs have won two straight after losing two straight for the first time this season.

San Diego State: The Aztecs fell behind because of poor shooting early. They missed their first seven shots 11 of their first 12 and 14 of their first 17.

UP NEXT

Fresno State ends the regular season by hosting last-place San Jose State on Saturday.

San Diego State finishes the regular season at No. 17 Nevada on Saturday night. The Aztecs have beaten the Wolf Pack three straight times, including 65-57 at San Diego on Feb. 20 and in last year's MWC tournament semifinals.

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Key Players
D. Taylor
D. Watson
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
15.7 Pts. Per Game 15.7
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
45.0 Field Goal % 40.4
41.3 Three Point % 37.8
76.5 Free Throw % 74.4
  Devin Watson missed 3-pt. jump shot 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Jalen McDaniels 8.0
  Deshon Taylor missed 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Deshon Taylor made 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Matt Mitchell 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Deshon Taylor 10.0
  Jalen McDaniels missed 3rd of 3 free throws 10.0
+ 1 Jalen McDaniels made 2nd of 3 free throws 10.0
+ 1 Jalen McDaniels made 1st of 3 free throws 10.0
  Shooting foul on New Williams 10.0
+ 1 Deshon Taylor made 2nd of 2 free throws 21.0
Team Stats
Points 76 74
Field Goals 26-62 (41.9%) 24-59 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 10-29 (34.5%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 21-28 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 32 43
Offensive 8 11
Defensive 21 31
Team 3 1
Assists 11 14
Steals 9 4
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 12 14
Fouls 22 21
Technicals 1 0
25 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
16 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Fresno State 21-8 393776
home team logo San Diego State 19-11 324274
Team Stats
away team logo Fresno State 21-8 76.5 PPG 38.1 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo San Diego State 19-11 71.7 PPG 39.1 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
21
D. Taylor G 17.9 PPG 3.7 RPG 5.0 APG 44.6 FG%
00
J. McDaniels F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Taylor G 25 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
J. McDaniels F 16 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
41.9 FG% 40.7
34.5 3PT FG% 27.8
73.7 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Taylor 25 4 5 7/12 4/6 7/9 4 34 1 0 4 1 3
B. Huggins 14 6 2 5/18 1/9 3/3 1 35 3 1 1 1 5
S. Bittner 8 3 1 3/9 2/6 0/0 3 39 1 0 2 1 2
N. Grimes 6 5 0 3/5 0/0 0/1 5 13 0 1 2 0 5
N. Blackwell 5 1 1 1/4 1/4 2/2 1 29 1 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Taylor 25 4 5 7/12 4/6 7/9 4 34 1 0 4 1 3
B. Huggins 14 6 2 5/18 1/9 3/3 1 35 3 1 1 1 5
S. Bittner 8 3 1 3/9 2/6 0/0 3 39 1 0 2 1 2
N. Grimes 6 5 0 3/5 0/0 0/1 5 13 0 1 2 0 5
N. Blackwell 5 1 1 1/4 1/4 2/2 1 29 1 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Williams 8 2 1 3/6 2/4 0/0 3 22 3 0 0 0 2
C. Gray 8 7 0 3/7 0/0 2/4 1 22 0 1 0 5 2
L. Rojas 2 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 2 0 1
A. Agau 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
J. McWilliams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Seeley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fitzgerald-Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dhaliwal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Diouf - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 29 11 26/62 10/29 14/19 22 200 9 3 12 8 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Watson 16 2 3 4/16 1/7 7/10 0 36 1 0 5 0 2
J. McDaniels 16 7 2 4/10 0/1 8/9 2 36 0 0 2 2 5
J. Hemsley 15 5 3 6/11 2/5 1/1 3 34 1 0 4 0 5
N. Mensah 12 7 0 4/7 0/0 4/4 5 21 1 1 1 4 3
M. Sohikish 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Watson 16 2 3 4/16 1/7 7/10 0 36 1 0 5 0 2
J. McDaniels 16 7 2 4/10 0/1 8/9 2 36 0 0 2 2 5
J. Hemsley 15 5 3 6/11 2/5 1/1 3 34 1 0 4 0 5
N. Mensah 12 7 0 4/7 0/0 4/4 5 21 1 1 1 4 3
M. Sohikish 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mitchell 6 7 1 2/5 1/2 1/2 5 19 0 0 0 0 7
J. Schakel 5 6 3 2/5 1/3 0/0 2 20 1 0 2 1 5
N. Narain 4 3 0 2/3 0/0 0/2 2 12 0 0 0 2 1
A. Seiko 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1
A. Arop 0 3 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 14 0 1 0 2 1
M. Flynn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Chang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mensah - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Giordano - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 42 14 24/59 5/18 21/28 21 200 4 2 14 11 31