Thursday, February 3, 2011

DJ Gay's game-winner lifts San Diego State

DJ Gay wasn't having a great night shooting the ball.

He was 2-8 from the floor, 0-3 from beyond the arc, and he never did make a trip to the foul line.

But Gay, a senior point guard for San Diego State who has developed something of a reputation for hitting big shots, stepped up when the Aztecs needed it most. Playing in a tough road environment against a scrappy Colorado State team that desperately needed this win, Gay didn't panic when the Rams tied the game with just 10 seconds left on the clock. He calmly brought the ball up the floor when Steve Fisher didn't call a time out and, well, why don't you just watch the video:

"I knew one thing, that when D.J. had the ball at the end of the game, we weren't going to do something foolish," SDSU head coach Steve Fisher explained after the game. "We were either going to make a basket or we were going to go to overtime. I was 100 percent positive of that. And I knew he would make a good decision with the ball."

This was a quality win for the Aztecs. Not only did they keep pace with BYU atop the Mountain West standings, but they did it on the road against quality competition when they played far from their best game.

Known for their dominant front line, SDSU's big men were actually outplayed by CSU seniors Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin. The Aztecs survived due to their defense, a team-high 15 points off the bench from sharp shooter James Rahon, and, well, Gay.

"I knew it was my time to make a play," said Gay.

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