Aggies’ Winning Streak Ends At Seven With Loss To SDSU
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Utah State’s seven game winning streak came to an end with a 68-63 loss to San Diego State.
Early on, it seemed that the Aggies, who hadn’t lost since Jan. 9, would roll to an easy victory.
Capped off by a 3-pointer by Sam Merrill, the Aggies took an 18-8 lead near the midway mark of the first half.
The Aztecs then went on a monstrous 23-0 run to overtake the Aggies. In that run, San Diego State’s Nathan Mensah scored eight straight points as the Aztecs built a 31-18 lead.
Finally, Merrill converted on a layup to stop the bleeding. That layup kicked off a quick 9-0 run to cut into what was a 13-point lead by San Diego State. The Aztecs went cold to end the half, going 5:42 without a made field goal. At the half, Utah State trailed 33-29.
Merrill had the lion’s share of his team’s points at the break with 20 points and four 3-pointers made.
He helped the Aggies retake the lead at 36-35 with a pair of made free throws.
Not much later, the Aggies suffered a cold streak of their own, going over five minutes without a made field goal, allowing San Diego State to take a 52-44 lead before Merrill snapped the drought with his fifth made 3-pointer of the game.
San Diego State reeled off another run, this one for eight straight points. The streak was snapped again by another Utah State 3-pointer, this one by Abel Porter to cut San Diego State’s lead to 61-55 with less than four minutes remaining.
Brock Miller’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining cut the lead to just four. After a made free throw by San Diego State, Tauriawn Knight’s layup made it just a three point lead. That was the closest Utah State would get as the Aztecs held on for the upset.
Utah State will return home to host Wyoming on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Earlier in the year, on Jan. 12, the Aggies defeated the Cowboys 71-55 to start their recently broken seven game road trip.