Oh my. What a game.
The San Diego State Aztecs (4-0) beat the BYU Cougars (3-1) tonight 92-87 in a double-overtime classic in their first on-island game of the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.
The Aztecs and Cougars battled back and forth during all of regulation. SDSU would grind out buckets late in the shot clock against BYU's zone defense, and the Cougars would go on little 6-0 or 7-0 scoring runs with their 43.3 percent shooting from long range.
Fast forward to the final possession of regulation. Tied at 67, J.J. O'Brien used a screen to get a good look at the basket, but clanked it off the glass. Winston Shepard hovered in the air for several seconds and almost tapped in the game-winner, but the basketball gods weren't willing and these two rivals went to overtime.
BYU led 76-71 with 1:38 left in the first overtime after Tyler Haws drained a mid-range jumper with O'Brien in his face. It appeared the Cougars might hand SDSU its first loss of the season. But O'Brien rebounded Aqeel Quinn's 3-point miss on the next possession and scored at the rim, bringing the Aztecs within three points.
Steve Fisher's defense then forced a travel on BYU's next possession. Quinn had his initial 3-pointer stuffed, but he stole the defensive rebound and tied the game on his next shot, sending the game to a second overtime.
Quinn scored five of SDSU's 16 points in the second overtime, opposed to BYU's 11. The Cougars began forcing long 3-point shots and SDSU grabbed each defensive board. Eventualy, BYU had the play the foul game and the Aztecs pulled away to win this thriller 92-87.
Another classic in the SDSU-BYU rivalry? Yup.
Quinn finished with 22 points, making 6-15 from long range.
Shepard played his best game of the season, netting 18 points on 60 percent shooting and grabbing eight boards.
Freshman guard Trey Kell was also huge for the Aztecs, playing the entire second overtime and knocking down three clutch free throws to put the game away.
Haws also played a great game, netting 26 points. But the Cougar star tonight was Kyle Collinsworth, who scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists.
BYU plays Chaminade tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
SDSU plays Pittsburgh tomorrow at 7 p.m. on ESPN.