The greatest month ever started with a trip to Las Vegas for the Mountain West Championship game in Las Vegas and ended up at the National Championship game in Houston.
We bought plane tickets for a quick one-day trip to Vegas in hopes that the Aztecs would make it to the Mountain West Championship game. Lucky for us, San Diego State beat San Jose State and we were on our way to the Thomas and Mack Center at UNLV.
San Diego State defeated Utah State 62-57. The Aztecs claimed their seventh tournament title and punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
This would have been an exciting way to end the season, but the Aztecs weren't done yet.
In the first round of the tournament, Matt Bradley scored 17 points and the 5th seed Aztecs beat the 12th seed College of Charleston 63-57.
In the second round, the Aztecs dominated over Furman University. Micah Parrish scored 16 points, Darrion Trammel scored 13 points, Lamont Butler added 12, and Matt Bradley finished with 10 for the 75-52 victory and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen game!
This wasn't going to be easy. We had to play against Alabama, the number one seed in the tournament. After the half, the Crimson Tide had an 11-2 run, quickly gaining a 48-39 lead. But the Aztecs had a 12-0 run and with less than 4 minutes left, SDSU was up 62-53. As the clock ticked down, our hearts were racing as we watched the Aztecs win 71-64. From Sweet to Elite, we realized we had a chance to make it all the way to Houston.
First, we needed to beat Creighton. At the half, Creighton had a 33-28 lead. This was more stressful than the Bama game. Thanks to a foul late in the game, Darrion Trammel was sent to the free throw line. He missed the first throw, but swished the second for the final point of the 57-56 victory. Tears, cheers, and the first opportunity to plan in a Final Four game and we weren't going to miss it.
The Final Four game against Florida Atlantic was hard to watch. At the half, SDSU was down by 7 at the half and at one point, Aztecs were down by 14. We were starting to get worried, but the Aztecs chipped away and tied the game with a little over 4 minutes left. The best was yet to come, as we nervously watched the score go back and fourth until the last second of the game with Lamont Butler hit a jumper at the buzzer to help the Aztecs win 72-21. It was by far the most exciting and amazing sports moment we ever experienced. There are really no words to describe this moment, but it is one we will never forget.
We couldn't believe it, we were going to the National Championship Game!
At the Final Four, there were several signs that said "The road ends here". They were right, and our magical run at the NCAA tournament came to an end with a 76-59 loss to the Huskies.
After 16 years of sports road trips together, this stadium adventure may top the list!
Here are photos at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego celebrating the Aztecs historic run in the tournament.