Scores

Final

San Diego State 74

(22-10, 10-6 MW)

Missouri State 70

(22-11, 12-6 MVC)

10:00 PM ET, March 14, 2007

1 2 T
SDSU 34 4074
MOSU 29 4170

Top Performers

San Diego State: B. Heath 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

Missouri State: D. Mitchell 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

San Diego St. 74, Missouri St. 70

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Brandon Heath had 26 points, including a 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds remaining to break a tie and lead San Diego State to a 74-70 win over Missouri State in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night.

Mohamed Abukar added 15 points for San Diego State (22-10) and Jerome Habel had 11. The Aztecs' first postseason win outside of San Diego since 1957 earned them a second-round game at Syracuse on Monday.

Deven Mitchell led Missouri State (22-11) with 16 points, and Drew Richards and Blake Ahearn had 15 apiece.

San Diego State led 34-29 at halftime and went up 44-36 with 15:11 left on a basket by Heath.

Missouri State then went on an 11-1 run, taking its first lead since the first half at 47-45 on Ahearn's 3 with 12:53 left.

Missouri State pushed its lead to 60-54 on a basket by Nathan Bilyeu with 7:21 left, but the Bears scored just two points over the next 3:20 and San Diego scored 13 to lead 67-62 with 4:01 left.

Back-to-back turnovers by San Diego and six straight free throws by Missouri State, including two by Mitchell , tied the game at 70 with 41.7 seconds left and set the stage for Heath's basket.

A free throw by Jer'Vaughn Johnson finished the scoring.

San Diego shot 52 percent from the field (27-for-52) including 58 percent in the second half (14-for-24).

Missouri State shot 38 percent from the field (22-for-58) and 48 percent in the second half (12-for-25).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SDSU
MOSU
Points 74 70
FG Made-Attempted 27-52 (.519) 22-58 (.379)
3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 7-23 (.304)
FT Made-Attempted 14-20 (.700) 19-26 (.731)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 8 8

Series

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