Gay’s heroics help Aztecs outlast Rams

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — San Diego State senior D.J. Gay was having a tough shooting night against Colorado State, yet when he got the inbounds pass with the score tied and 10 seconds left, his coach decided not to call a timeout.

“I knew D.J. would do something good with the ball,” Steve Fisher said of his senior captain.

Sure enough, Gay deked out the defense, stepping back to swish an 18-foot fadeaway jumper over two defenders with 1.8 seconds left to lift the seventh-ranked Aztecs past Colorado State 56-54 Wednesday night.

“We have some pros on this team and we all know our role,” said Gay, who was 2-for-8 before his game-winning shot.

James Rahon scored 15 points and Kawhi Leonard posted his 32nd career double-double with 12 points and 15 boards for the Aztecs (22-1, 7-1 Mountain West), who got quite a scare from the Rams (15-7, 5-3).

■ No. 8 Brigham Young 69, Wyoming 62 — At Laramie, Wyo., Jimmer Fredette scored 26 points and Brandon Davies 20 as the Cougars held off the Cowboys.

With the temperature outside at 23 below, BYU (21-2, 7-1 Mountain West) was held to 40.7 percent shooting from the field and well below its team scoring average of 84.9 points a game.

Fredette, who entered the game averaging 27.6 points, shot 7-for-21 from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range. The Cougars shot 5-for-24 overall from beyond the arc.

Fredette’s three-point play with 47 seconds left put BYU ahead 64-60. After the Cowboys closed to 64-62 on two free throws by Djibril Thiam, Davies converted a three-point play to put the game away.

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