San Diego State couldn't shoot straight most of the night and turned the ball over at the worst of times. Then, a final burst of magnificent athleticism allowed the Aztecs to survive.
Billy White had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard sealed San Diego State's exhausting, 71-64 double-overtime victory against Temple with a steal and a slam dunk in the NCAA Tournament's West Regional at Tucson on Saturday.
"We were tired but we knew that we had to win this game," Aztecs point guard D.J. Gay said after playing all 50 minutes. "We just wanted it a little bit more. We just sucked it up."
White sank the go-ahead jumper and Leonard made two free throws as the second-seeded Aztecs (34-2) finally put away the seventh-seeded Owls (26-7).