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San Diego State wins Mountain West title, tops Wyoming

San Diego State topped Wyoming to win its third straight Mountain West regular season title.

Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Wyoming put on their best Cindrella performance against first place San Diego State, but fell to the Aztecs 73-61.
The win gives San Diego State (14-1 in Conference play), the outright Mountain West regular-season title for the third straight year.

Josh Adams single-handily kept Wyoming within striking distance, with 27 points (9-for14) and making clutch baskets in the second half. The pesky Cowboys inched closer and closer, but the Aztecs used a 14-5 run within the last six minutes to walk out of Laramie with a W.

Guard Trey Kell led the way for SDSU with 24 points (4-for-8 from 3-pt) while big man Winston Shepard chipped in 14 points.

San Diego State only shot 42 percent from the field, but used a fundamentally sound performance, an element notorious of Steve Fisher coached teams to win. The Aztecs out rebounded Wyoming 13 to three on the offensive end, while stealing the ball eight times and forcing the Cowboys into 12 turnovers.

SDSU focused on limiting options outside of Josh Adams, holding dynamic guard Jason McManamen to 10 points as well as Jason Lieberman and Alan Herndon to seven points each.

Even though the 2015-16 season has been a disappointing one for Cowboy fans, more than 15,000 faithful fans showed up to cheer their team against national power San Diego State at Arena-Auditorium on Wednesday night.

The loss for Wyoming drops them to 6-10 in Mountain West play. Currently in eight place; a third meeting between these two teams is very possible in the second round of the MWC Tournament.

San Diego State heads home to Viejas Arena for an important prep match with another Mountain West power in Boise State.

Wyoming will face UNLV in Las Vegas on Saturday night (5 P.M. on ESPN3).