Cincinnati outlasts San Diego State in OT

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Farad Cobb's rainbow left wing 3-pointer hit nothing but net, finally putting a Cincinnati player in double figures.

That came with 2:26 left in overtime.

Cobb finished with 12 points and the Bearcats defeated No. 19 San Diego State 71-62 on Wednesday night.

Cincinnati wound up having three players reach double digits. Troy Caupain posted 12 points, four assists and four rebounds, while Gary Clark added 10 points and five boards for the Bearcats (7-2), who were coming off a 56-55 double overtime loss at Nebraska on Saturday.

Cobb's triple was part of a 12-0 run that put the game away. Trey Kell nailed a trey to put the Aztecs up 60-59 with 4:11 to go prior to the Bearcats' game- clinching surge.

"In overtime we could've folded," Caupain said. "Our teammates stayed with us, our crowd stayed with us."

Octavius Ellis knocked down a jumper before Cobb sent everyone into a frenzy with his long distance shot.

Winston Shepard, who sent the game into an extra session with a pair of game- tying free throws with three seconds left in regulation, tallied 17 points and five assists for San Diego State (7-3), which has dropped three of its last five games.

"We've got kids that compete and the theme was compete, compete to win, do what's required and we didn't do quite enough," San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said.

The Aztecs, who came in shooting 28 percent from beyond the arc -- 300th in the country -- began 2-of-17 from long distance, but hit their next three, including a pair to help them force the extra session.

Gary Clark's layup with 43 ticks remaining in regulation staked the Bearcats to a 54-49 margin, but Aqeel Quinn and Tre Kell sandwiched treys around two Kevin Johnson free throws to get SDSU within 56-55 with 15 seconds on the clock.

Caupain split a pair of bonus shots at the other end and Shepard drew a foul following a left wing drive.

The Aztecs raced out to a 13-6 lead, but Cincinnati clamped down defensively in the final six-plus minutes.

SDSU didn't score on its final 14 possessions, going 0-for-6 from the field and turning the ball over seven times.

The Bearcats took a 22-20 edge into the break.

Game Notes

The win was the American Athletic Conference's first against a ranked opponent this season ... The Bearcats have won 26 of their last 27 at home, including 16 in a row ... SDSU fell to 18-2 in its last 20 overtime games ... Cincy also didn't have a player average double figures coming in. Caupain was the team's leading scorer with 9.9 points per game.