San Diego State Nails A Buzzer Beater To Advance To National Championship Game Over FAU

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Would you expect anything else from this crazy tournament we’ve had so far?

In a year when no #1 seeds made it to the Elite Eight for the first time ever, we’ve seen our fair share of wild moments in this year’s NCAA tournament.

And tonight’s first game was no different.

The #5-seed San Diego State was taking on #9-seed FAU for a chance to play for a national championship (who saw that one coming?) and the matchup didn’t disappoint.

Down by 1 with the seconds winding down, FAU’s Johnell Davis missed a layup on what would turn out to be the final possession for the Owls.

6′ 10″ senior Nathan Mensah grabbed the rebound for San Diego State and quickly got the ball to Lamont Butler, who is the third-leading scorer for the Aztecs this season.

Butler got the ball down the court, and with one second left on the clock, managed to put up the jumper – and drained it.


Speaking about the buzzer beater, Butler said he didn’t even realize how big the shot was in the moment:

“I didn’t really know how big the shot was but we’re going to the national championship. That’s not something many people do.

I’m just glad it went in. It felt good when it left my hand.”

I bet it feels even better now that he’ll be playing for a national championship on Monday night.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock