TCU topped by SDSU, 56-51

Alvardo Parker drives past San Diego State's Jerome Habel during the first half.

Alvardo Parker drives past San Diego State's Jerome Habel during the first half.

Box Score

March 3, 2007

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Mohamed Abukar converted a 3-point play late in the game to lift San Diego State to a 56-51 victory over TCU on Saturday.

San Diego State (21-9, 10-6 Mountain West) also got two big baskets on consecutive possessions from Brandon Heath and Richie Williams. Heath hit a 15-foot jumper and Williams followed with a 3-pointer for a 51-48 lead with 4:47 left in the game.

Abukar's basket came after he rebounded an air ball by Heath, scored the putback, and was fouled. He made the free throw for a 54-51 lead with 1:38 remaining in the team's last regular season game.

Abukar also made two free throws with 1.1 seconds left to secure the victory after Neil Dougherty missed an open 3-point shot with 4 seconds left that would have tied the game.

San Diego State, the conference's defending regular-season and tournament champion, won despite shooting just 32.8 percent.

Heath, the Aztecs' leading scorer at 19.4 points, made just 5 of 18 shots as he scored 12 points.

Abukar, averaging 16.1 points, hit four of 17 from the field and also finished with 12 points.

Brent Hackett, led TCU (12-16, 4-12) with 16 points, including four 3-pointers.


 

 


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