SAN DIEGO -- You figured the magic had returned to these San Diego State Aztecs after 10 seconds, when reserve forward Nolan Narain, making only his second start in 78 career games for Senior Night, jacked up a 3 from a couple feet behind the arc and the ball rolled completely around the rim once.
And three times.
And four times.
It seemed promising and prophetic, and ultimately it was -- the No. 5 Aztecs rebounding Tuesday night from their only loss of the season to beat Colorado State 66-60 at sold-out Viejas Arena.
It just wasn't nearly as easy as they might have hoped, or expected. They had to work for this.
Really, really had to work.
On a night when Malachi Flynn didn't make a basket for the opening 25 minutes and Yanni Wetzell failed to make a field goal, the Aztecs (27-1, 16-1) needed a 13-0 run late in the game to put away the pesky Rams after trailing by seven points inside eight minutes to go.
Colorado State (19-11, 10-7) was still within two and had the ball with 20 seconds to go, and Isaiah Stevens launched a 3 that was on line.