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San Jose State defeats San Diego State for third straight win

The Spartans grinded their way through for a 76-71 win against the Aztecs.

NCAA Basketball: San Diego State at San Jose State Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose State Spartans returned to the Event Center where they hosted the San Diego State Aztecs in a nationally televised game on Tuesday night.

These two teams started off slow until Malik Pope opened the scoring for the Aztecs with a long distance shot. Trey Kell found Dakarai Allen to help SDSU take a 7-0 lead at 15:56 of the first half.

The Spartans had some good looks, but went 0-of-10. SJSU finally got on the board in the middle of the half, but continued to trail 7-2.

Terrell Brown pulled the Spartans within two with his first shot of the game, a three-pointer, at 11:24.

The Spartans took their first lead of the game 23-22 at 5:44 when Brandon Clarke soared towards the rim with the one-handed jam.

Turnovers cost the Aztecs in the first half. The Spartans carried a 33-29 lead over SDSU to the locker room at halftime. Brown led all scorers with nine points.

The Spartans didn’t score for the opening two minutes and three seconds in the second half. Then, Jaycee Hillsman hit his first basket of the game to give his team a nine-point lead over the Aztecs.

The Spartans went through a lengthy scoring drought and watched the Aztecs use a powerful run to make it a close game. Yet, SJSU maintained a 55-48 lead over SDSU with nine minutes left in the half.

The Aztecs committed a lot of turnovers and continued to miss offensive opportunities. The Spartans held their largest lead of the game, 63-51, with a little more than five minutes left.

The Spartans held a 74-68 lead over the Aztecs with 25.7 seconds left. SJSU finished with a 76-71 win over SDSU for their first time since 1999.

The Spartans head to Thomas & Mack Center to take on the UNLV Rebels (10-14) Saturday afternoon. The action starts at 3:00 pm PST on Campus Insiders and KLIV 1590 AM.