But in the ensuing weeks, four players with eligibility remaining - three of whom were considered starters, including preseason Mountain West player of the year Elijah Brown - announced they were transferring.
"This was a special one," Brown said. "We came close so many times. For us to be kind of going up and down and having a year like we're having, this was a huge win and it took a lot of maturity. I couldn't be happier with this win."