SAN DIEGO (AP)—Steve Fisher’s San Diego State Aztecs are going to New York and Patrick Mills is heading into the offseason.
The Aztecs blew a 13-point second-half lead, then rallied to beat Mills and the Saint Mary’s Gaels 70-66 on Wednesday night to reach the semifinals of the NIT.
Tim Shelton posted up for the go-ahead basket with 48.6 seconds left and Richie Williams made three free throws in the final 26 seconds as the Aztecs held off the Gaels.
This is the deepest SDSU has advanced in a national postseason tournament in its Division I history. Students rushed the court after the buzzer.
Billy White scored 17 for the Aztecs (26-9), who will play Baylor (23-14) in the semifinals on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Fisher was part of two NIT championships while at Michigan, as an assistant to Bill Frieder in 1984 and as head coach in 1997. Fisher coached Michigan to the NCAA title in 1989.
A big congrats to the Aztecs on advancing to the NIT Final Four, big hopes they take the Big Apple by storm this year. And of course, i'll be watching.