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Gay's late bucket lifts Aztecs over Rams

Feb 3, 2011 - 7:53 AM Fort Collins, CO (Sports Network) - D.J. Gay's fall-away jumper with 1.8 seconds left in regulation lifted No. 7 San Diego State past Colorado State, 56-54, at Moby Arena.

James Rahon poured in 15 points and Kawhi Leonard added 12 points with a game- high 15 rebounds for the Aztecs (22-1, 7-1 MWC), who have won two in a row since their lone loss at BYU.

Andy Ogide registered 18 points and 12 boards for the Rams (15-7, 5-3), who saw a two-game win streak ended. Travis Franklin notched 12 points and hit the tying bucket with 10 seconds left in the contest.

Franklin had slipped into the lane and hit a layup to knot the game at 54-54, but Gay ran the length of the floor off the inbound, moved to the edge of the three-point line on the left wing and sank the winner with 1.8 left.

"That situation [was] pretty chaotic. We just had to get the ball under control, and force them to take a tough shot," said Colorado State guard Dorian Green. "Unfortunately Gay's shot wasn't a tough shot."

Aztecs head coach Steve Fisher called it a "tough, hard-fought game."

"You take a deep breath and feel good that you walked out of here with a victory," he said.

San Diego State recorded the game's first seven points, but Colorado State responded with a 13-5 run to take a one-point lead on a Franklin layup almost six minutes in.

Rahon's make with under four minutes left in the first half put the Aztecs lead at 29-22, but Greg Smith's bucket capped a run to get the Rams within 31-29 at the break.

CSU came out strong in the second half, taking a 38-33 lead, only to see SDSU strike back to go up 46-41 and 52-46 with 6:46 on the clock after two Chase Tapley free throws.

But Franklin hit two buckets and Ogide made two from the line to tie the game at 52-all with under 4 1/2 remaining.

Billy White's basket with 2:20 left got San Diego State ahead by two and both teams went cold down the stretch until the fantastic finish.

Game Notes

San Diego State has won eight in a row and 13 of the last 14 meetings with Colorado State and lead the all-time series 36-31...White finished with nine points and Gay had six points with four assists.