No. 5 SDSU stuns overall No. 1 Alabama in Sweet 16

LOUISVILLE — Underdog San Diego State kicked No. 1 overall seed Alabama out of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Elite Eight on Friday night in Louisville.A 71-64 win sends the fifth-seeded Aztecs into the South Region final on Sunday against the winner of Princeton-Creighton in the Kentucky nightcap.Alabama All-American Brandon Miller was almost entirely erased in the second half, shooting 1 of 10 and finishing with nine points and six turnovers.San Diego State’s Darrion Trammell had a game-high 21 points, making nine of his 16 attempts from the field and 3 of 5 from 3-point range.San Diego State’s relentless, stranglehold defense and balanced offensive attack combined to quiet the Crimson Tide, who made 3 of 27 3-point attempts and just 14 of 28 layups, a testament to the Aztecs’ static-clingAlabama (31-6) was led by Mark Sears’ 16 points and 10 rebounds. Miller (3 of 19), Sears (4 of 11), Jahvon Quinerly (4 of 13) couldn’t catch fire and the Crimson Tide shot 32.4 percent for the game.Matt Bradley hit two free throws with 45 seconds left that allowed San Diego State (30-6) to exhale slightly after consecutive empty possessions. Bradley’s pair put the Aztecs up by four, and San Diego State got the ball back after a review upheld the out of bounds call on the floor with 34.5 ticks remaining.San Diego State’s Micah Parrish made 3 of 4 free throws in the closing seconds to seal the win.