LAS VEGAS — Billy White put on an offensive display and bedeviled national scoring leader Jimmer Fredette in leading No. 7 San Diego State past No. 8 BYU 72-54 Saturday night for the Mountain West Conference title.
White had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five steals and Kawhi Leonard pitched in 20 points and eight boards.
Second-seeded San Diego State (32-2), whose only two losses were against the Cougars (30-4), finally figured out how to topple top-seeded BYU, which was playing its fifth game without star sophomore Brandon Davies, their best post player, who was suspended last week for violating the school’s honor code.
Despite 30 points from a late-charging Fredette, the Cougars fell to 3-2 without Davies, posing an intriguing conundrum for the NCAA selection committee, although their loss to the athletic Aztecs eliminated all hope of a No. 1 seed the Cougars envisioned two weeks ago after climbing to third in the rankings.