Late Aztec Rally to beat ASU, 65-63

CITY OF SAN DIEGO — – Trey Pulliam took the lead in the remaining lane 1:05 and San Diego State held Arizona State 65-63 on Thursday night.

Lamont Butler scored 14 points for SDSU (2-1), defeating the Sun Devils (2-2) for the second year in a row. Matt Bradley get 12 points and Keshad Johnson and Nathan Mensah 10 each for the Aztecs.

Pulliam’s floater put the Aztecs 64-63 ahead.

ASU missed three 3-pointers in the final 16 seconds, including a desperate Jamiya Neal shot with three seconds left, after Bradley had taken one of the two free throws.

Marreon Jackson scored 16 and Kimani Lawrence had 14 points and 12 rebounds for ASU.

Arizona State took a 39-30 lead early in the second half before SDSU used a 12-0 pace to take the lead. Butler and Adam Seiko had 3 pointers and Mensah had a low shot after retrying Butler’s missed free throw.

ASU took the lead by four points before SDSU returned with three points from Butler and Seiko. The ASU lead is 63-61 on Jackson’s jumper with 1:43 left.

Both teams shot poorly. SDSU shoots 39.2% while ASU shoots 37.3%. ASU only made 6 out of 28 3 pointers (21.4%) while SDSU scored 6 out of 21 (28.6%).

ASU leads 30-28 at halftime. Late Aztec Rally to beat ASU, 65-63

Curtis Crabtree

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