The Aztecs junior guard Lamont Butler, hit a baseline jumper as time expired to help San Diego State pull off the miracle.
The No. 9 Owls, playing in the Final Four for the first time in school history, blew a 14-point second-half lead in a game for the ages. FAU, who took a 40–33 advantage into halftime, were outscored 39–31 in the second half.
Teams seeded No. 9 or higher to make the national semifinals are now 0–9 all-time in the history of the tournament in the Final Four.
San Diego State will await the winner of Saturday’s other Final Four matchup between No. 4 UConn and No. 5 Miami.