TENNESEE BESTS SDSU 62-59, ENDING NCAA BID FOR AZTECS
March 21, 2010 (San Diego) – SDSU men’s basketball team ended its season with 25 wins, the second-most in school history, following a 62-59 defeat by Tennesee at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island Thursday night.
Coach Steve Fisher, in an interview with AAPA sports, said the team made important plays but missed a critical rebound off a missed free throw, which Tennessee captured. “To their credit when they got it they scored it. Winners move on and losers say can we play them tomorrow? And unfortunately we can't play anybody until next year,” he reflected, praising his team’s players. “So Tennessee played hard. We played hard and we just weren't quite able to make one last play.”
Game highlights for SDSU included:
D.J. Gay led the Aztecs in scoring with 16 points, his 19th double-digit outcome for the year, and connected on all six free-throw attempts for a career best performance.
Kawhi Leonard logged his 19th double-figure rebounding effort and 24th double-digit scoring effort, also blocking a career-high three shots and snagging two steals for the second straight game.
Kelvin Davis, a senior in his sixth straight starting assignment, scored 11 points and posted his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season.
Malcolm Thomas, a junior, scored eight points with four rebounds, four assists and finished with two blocked shots, the 15th time this season he has had at least two blocks in a game.