Aztecs take '08 Shootout crown

San Diego State wallops Hampton 76-47 for title

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2008

ANCHORAGE - D.J. Gay shot San Diego State to the title of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Al Grillo / The Associated Press
Al Grillo / The Associated Press

Gay made five of his six 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 20 points, and the Aztecs routed Hampton 76-47 on Saturday night to win the 31st edition of the Thanksgiving week tournament in the cold north.

While Gay's shooting was solid, the Aztecs' defense was even more impressive. SDSU held Hampton scoreless for the first 6:45 of the game, building a 15-0 lead that was never challenged.

The Aztecs (6-1) are the first team from the Mountain West Conference to win the Shootout title.

Hampton (3-3) was led by 15 points from Vincent Simpson. Leading scorer Michael Freeman was held to four points.

Portland St. 81, Seattle 67

Dominic Waters scored 22 points and dished six assists as his Portland State squad used a dominating first-half performance to earn third place with an 81-67 win over Seattle at Sullivan Arena.

The Vikings (5-1) also got 15 points and 12 rebounds from Jamie Jones, plus 16 points and seven boards from Phil Nelson.

Seattle (4-3) was led by 14 points from guard Chris Gweth, while Drew Harris had 12 points for the first-year Division I program.

W. Carolina 71, N. Illinois 67

Freshman Harouna Mutombo notched a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double to push Western Carolina past Northern Illinois, for fourth place.

Forward Jake Robinson added 15 points, including the game-clinching free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining, and seven rebounds for the Catamounts (3-2).

Alaska-Anch. 62, La. Tech 57

Senior guard Kenny Barker scored 17 of his game-high 23 points after halftime to lead Alaska Anchorage over Louisiana Tech in the 7th-place game.

Sophomore Lonnie Ridgeway added a career-high 13 points for the Seawolves (1-5), who avoided going winless in back-to-back Shootouts for the first just the second time in 31 years (1981 & '82).

Standout guard Kyle Gibson led the Bulldogs (2-4) with 17 points, while 6-10 center Kenneth Cooper was effective on the inside with 15.

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