All that Winston Shepard could do was smile.
With 2:42 left in Thursday night's semifinal at the Las Vegas Invitational, the 6-foot-8 forward backpedaled after banking an 18-foot jumper high off the glass to give San Diego State a 10-point lead over No. 14 California, and his ear-to-ear grin seemed fitting.
The shot was part of a 32-7 run that helped the Aztecs erase a 15-point deficit in the second half en route to a 72-58 victory over the previously unbeaten Bears.
Shepard scored all 15 of his points during the second-half rally, and Skylar Spencer added 15 for San Diego State.
"I felt it, and sometimes you know when the ball leaves your hands the ball...