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San Diego State vs. Utah State Recap: Aztecs hold off late run by Aggies

The Aztecs win their second-consecutive game and continue their late season push.

NCAA Basketball: San Diego State at Utah State Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night, the San Diego State Aztecs (15-10, 7-6 MW) defeated the Utah State Aggies (11-14, 5-9 MW) at home, 66-62.

Following arguably San Diego State’s best Mountain West Conference victory against Nevada on Sunday, the Aztecs looked to keep up with the rest of the pack.

In the first half, the Aztecs jumped out to an early 10-2 lead within the first minutes of play. The Aggies would slowly cut into the Aztecs lead and get as close as 29-28. Jeremy Hemsley drained a three point jumper as the Aztecs led 32-29 at halftime.

The Aggies would get their first lead of the game when they went ahead 37-35 in the opening minutes of the second half. The two teams traded baskets and kept the game within a few points for several minutes. However, the Aztecs went on a 10-0 run over a 2 minute span and extended their lead 57-45 with 6:36 remaining.

Trey Kell stepped up and knocked down clutch free throws, which extended the Aztecs lead to 65-59 with 19 seconds remaining. The Aggies responded with a three-point play to make it a one possession game at 65-62. Hemsley would split a pair of free throws that put the Aztecs ahead by four to clinch the game.

Down the stretch, one of the Aztecs’ major weaknesses in closing out games was almost exposed once again. In the final four minutes, the Aztecs were outscored 14-5 but were able to knock down enough free throws to win.

The Aztecs were led by Kell, who finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Meanwhile, Jalen Moore led the Aggies with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Up next:

SDSU: The Aztecs travel back home to face rival UNLV this Sunday.

USU: The Aggies will face Nevada on the road this Saturday.