Associated Press - San Diego State did nothing spectacular and may not find its play on many tournament video clips. Leave the stylish dunks to other games around the bracket. The Aztecs found a way to play another game, and that's all that mattered.
The seventh-seeded Aztecs (23-10) will play No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday in the South Regional. The Eagles introduced themselves to the college basketball world with a 78-68 win over Georgetown.
After that thriller, this game never stood a chance. San Diego State traveled 2,732 miles to play in the NCAA tournament. The Aztecs surely didn't mind delaying their return trip home.
Beat the Eagles, and they'll be in the round of 16 for the second time in three years. Coach Steve Fisher was proud Franklin, Rahon, and Tapley had been a part of the program for all of the Aztecs' NCAA victories.
The Aztecs outrebounded the 10th-seeded Sooners 40-29 and used a modest 8-0 run late in the second half to snap a tie game and take control. The Aztecs are in the tournament for the fourth straight season but they had only won games in 2011 when they reached the round of 16.
Built around upperclassman, the Aztecs firmly believed they had a deep run ahead and wanted to send out seniors like Tapley and DeShawn Stephens (11 rebounds) as winners. They treated the game like a business trip and played like it.