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San Diego State 68, Nevada 55

SAN DIEGO - Yanni Wetzell had 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for No. 7 San Diego State, which came out hot in the second half to beat Nevada 68-55 and remain the nation’s only undefeated team.

Malachi Flynn scored 14 points for San Diego State (19-0, 8-0 Mountain West), and Jordan Schakel had 12. Matt Mitchell added 11 points.

The Aztecs pulled within one of the best opening streak in school history, a 20-0 run led by Kawhi Leonard in 2010-11. That team reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history and finished a school-best 34-3.

Jalen Harris, the Mountain West's second-leading scorer, had 16 of his 19 points in the first half for Nevada (11-8, 4-3), which withered offensively in the second half. Jazz Johnson scored 13.

Nevada shot 14.7% in the second half and 28.1% for the game.

SDSU trailed 35-33 at halftime, but grabbed control in the opening minutes of the second half. Wetzell fed Schakel for a 3, Mitchell had a reverse layup and Flynn made a layup for a 40-35 lead, forcing coach Steve Alford to take a timeout and firing up the crowd at sold-out Viejas Arena.

Nevada tied it at 40 when Johnson made a layup and then hit a 3.

But SDSU quickly jumped to an eight-point lead on Mitchell's bucket off a rebound, a free throw by KJ Feagin, a corner 3 by Mitchell and a jumper by Wetzell, a New Zealander who is a graduate transfer from Vanderbilt.

SDSU shut down the Wolf Pack after that.

Nevada, the second-best 3-point shooting team in the MWC, went 7 for 13 from behind the arc in the first half. The Wolf Pack trailed by two when Zane Meeks and Harris made consecutive 3-pointers to make it 28-24 with 5:42 to go.

Associated Press

January 18, 2020

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