Students and some fans rushed the court after the game and watched as players, as well as coach Steve Fisher, cut down the nets to celebrate.
“I think that I can speak for all of us, winning never gets old. And winning with the group that we have makes it extra delightful,” Fisher said at the post-game press conference. “I told the fans after the game that they have created a love affair between the guys on our team and the people that are here today that is genuine.”
Saturday marked the last home game for seniors Dwayne Polee II, Aqeel Quinn and J.J. O’Brien and it was only fitting that Quinn and Polee tied for a team-high 12 points, while O’Brien added nine.
“Coach Fisher brought us up before the game, all four of the seniors, and I started shedding some real tears, man,” Quinn said at the post-game press conference. ” I couldn’t believe that this was about to be my last game out here.”
The conference title gave the Aztecs their first consecutive titles since 2011-2012.
“You’ve got to have a group of guys that’s going to buy in every single year, after year, after year to what everybody on the coaching staff is saying,” Quinn said. “You’ve got to bond together. I mean, egos have got to be put to the side. And everybody really has to come together.”
Next up for the Aztecs is the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas next week where they hold the No. 2 seed. Boise St., who the Aztecs share the regular-season title with, received the one seed because they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Aztecs.