Darrion Trammell and San Diego State used a dominant defensive performance to knock off top-seeded Alabama in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, bottling All-America freshman Brandon Miller in a 71-64 win in the Sweet 16.
Trammell scored 21 points while Miller, whose outstanding season was derailed Complications outside the courtWas held to nine points on 3-of-19 shooting and had six turnovers.
The fifth-seeded Aztecs (30-6) will face Creighton or Princeton Sunday in the West Region finals as they seek their first Final Four in program history. With fellow No. 1 seeds Purdue and Kansas losing in the first weekend of the tournament, Houston — which played at Miami on Friday night — was the only top-seeded team left.
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San Diego State trailed 48-39 midway through the second half before going on a 12-0 run and controlling the game from there. The Aztecs finished with eight blocked shots — five by Nathan Mensah — and forced 14 turnovers.
Alabama’s (31-6) March Madness run was clouded by the Jan. 15 fatal shooting of a 23-year-old woman in Tuscaloosa, which led to then-Crimson Tide player Darius Miles being charged with murder.
Miller was at the scene of the shooting and has not been charged, but police said in court documents that Miles texted Miller to get his gun. Authorities said Miller is a cooperating witness, and he did not miss any game time. Miller received armed security protection during the tournament.
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