San Diego State 70, Oklahoma 55

Josh Verlin, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

PHILADELPHIA -- In a matchup of two coaches with no shortage of NCAA Tournament experience, it was Steve Fisher's San Diego State squad that got the better of Lon Kruger's Oklahoma team, 70-55 in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Friday night.
The No. 7-seeded Aztecs trailed by two at the break but took the lead less than three minutes into the second half and would never trail again. The 10th-seeded Sooners would tie it up twice after that, the last time being 48-48 with 10:41 remaining.
After a 3-pointer by Romero Osby cut the Aztecs' lead to five, 56-51 with 6:55 remaining, the Aztec defense would clamp down and hold the Sooners without a point for the next 5:30. By the time Amath M'Baye converted a layup with 1:25 remaining, the San Diego State lead was 10 and the game was well in hand.
Three Aztecs scored in double figures, led by Jamaal Franklin's 21. The junior guard also had eight rebounds and a team-high five assists. James Rahon had 17 points and Chase Tapley 10 for the Aztecs. DeShawn Stephens added seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Fisher picked up his 23rd NCAA Tournament win to go along with three Final Fours, including a national championship at Michigan in 1989 after Bill Frieder left at the end of the regular season to take the Arizona State job.
Kruger has 14 NCAA Tournament victories and one Final Four appearance under his belt.
Oklahoma led for most of the first half, going up by as many as nine before taking a 33-31 lead into the break in the last of the day's four games at the Wells Fargo Center.
Osby scored 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting as the only Sooner in double figures. He also added a team-high eight rebounds though San Diego State won the battle of the boards 39-29.
San Diego State advances to face upstart 15th-seed Florida Gulf Coast, which upset No. 2-seeded Georgetown.
Notes: Tapley, a senior guard, is the first player in San Diego State history to play in four NCAA Tournaments...Kruger is the first coach in NCAA history to take five Division I programs to the NCAA Tournament (Kansas State, Florida, Illinois, UNLV, Oklahoma)...Osby is the only Sooner with any previous NCAA Tournament experience. He played 12 minutes as a freshman at Mississippi State in a first-round loss to Washington in 2009.

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