His transition layup with 18 seconds left gave the Aztecs a four point lead that helped clinch the win.
“I had my opportunities tonight. They weren’t doubling me early. I had a lot of space to operate, so I did,” O’Brien said via GoAztecs.com. “I think it’s the most important (win) because it’s the one that just happened. It’s to keep our conference championship hopes alive.”
O’Brien also added six rebounds, two assists and two steals without a turnover, the first Aztec to do that since 2004.
Junior center Skylar Spencer also had a historical night becoming the school’s all-time blocks leader with 216 and had a team-high three on the night.
After missing the team’s game against Boise St. last Saturday due to irregular heart monitor readings, senior forward Dwayne Polee II was able to play and logged 11 minutes, scoring three points.
The Aztecs will play their final game of the regular season this Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against Nevada at Viejas Arena. A win will assure them at least a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season title with Boise. St.