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San Diego State vs. Pittsburgh 2014: Aztecs dominate Panthers 74-57 to reach Maui Invitational final against Arizona

The Aztecs kept up their hot shooting and dominated this game from tip-off.

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The first 20 minutes belonged to San Diego State freshmen guards Trey Kell and Kevin Zabo, who scored 20 of the Aztecs' 39 first-half points.

The second half belonged to J.J. O'Brien, who scored all eight of his points in that period.

And the entire game belonged to the Aztecs (5-0), who dominated the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-2) from the opening tip and won 74-57. SDSU now advances to the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational championship game against the Arizona Wildcats (5-0).

Steve Fisher's squad controlled the first half, never allowing Pitt within four points in the last 10 minutes of that half. It ended the half on a 12-6 scoring run to enter the locker room with a commanding 39-25 lead.

Kell opened SDSU's second half with a corner 3-pointer, and SDSU's continued domination officially began.

The Aztecs continued their hot shooting tonight, knocking down 59 percent of their shots. Probably even more impressive for the Aztecs was its 77 percent clip from the charity stripe. Eleven Aztecs scored tonight against the Panthers, and the bench scored 31 points.

Meanwhile, SDSU's defense limited Pitt to just percent 38 shooting and forced the Panthers to commit 17 turnovers (SDSU committed nine.)

Kell led SDSU with 15 points on 7-9 shooting, and backup point guard Zabo contributed eight points off the bench.

Winston Shepard continued his stellar tournament play, netting 13 points and grabbing seven boards.

Skylar Spencer and Angelo Chol formed a two-headed monster in the paint tonight, with Chol contributing 10 points and Spencer swatting five shots away.

Dwayne Polee II continues to struggle on offense, scoring only five points tonight. But he logged solid minutes on defense, recording two steals.

After a career 22-point night, Aqeel Quinn scored seven points off the bench on 50 percent shooting.

Pitt guard James Robinson led all scorers with 17 points on 5-12 shooting.

Michael Young, who scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against Chaminade, twisted his ankle early in the game and scored just eight points on the night.

SDSU will play Arizona tomorrow at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN.