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Hemsley, Mensah Lead SDSU to 84-56 Win Over San Jose State

If SDSU beats Fresno State at home on Wednesday night, it will clinch the No. 3 seed in the Mountain West tournament

Jeremy Hemsley scored 15 points, Nathan Mensah had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Jalen McDaniels added 13 points to lead San Diego State to an 84-56 victory over San Jose State on Saturday night.

Devin Watson and Jordan Schakel had 12 points apiece for the Aztecs (19-10, 11-5 Mountain West), who clinched a bye into the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. If SDSU beats Fresno State at home on Wednesday night, it will clinch the No. 3 seed.

It was the second double-double for Mensah, a freshman. McDaniels, a redshirt sophomore, fell one rebound shy of his eighth double-double in 15 games.

Zach Chappell had 14 points, Michael Steadman 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Seneca Knight 12 points for San Jose State (4-24, 1-15), which has lost 18 of its last 19.

The Aztecs didn't have any trouble with the MWC's last-place team. McDaniels scored nine points in helping them take a 19-9 lead, including a 3-pointer, a jumper in the paint, a slam dunk to finish a fast break and a nice left-handed layup.

Later in the first half, McDaniels and Nathan Mensah each blocked a shot during a Spartans possession and the Aztecs responded with a fast break that resulted with Devin Watson feeding Hemsley for a dunk.

SDSU led 41-29 at halftime.

San Diego State has won nine straight home games. Its last loss on Steve Fisher Court at Viejas Arena was on Dec. 29, when it was stunned 82-61 by Brown.


San Jose State: The Spartans were coming off an 89-82 victory against New Mexico that snapped a 17-game losing streak. They have won consecutive games only once this season, at home against Bethune Cookman on Dec. 6 and Northern Arizona on Dec. 15.

San Diego State: The Aztecs improved to 8-0 in home MWC games. If they beat Fresno State here on Wednesday night, they'll finish with a perfect home league record for just the second time in the conference's 20-season history.


San Jose State hosts Wyoming in its home finale on Wednesday night.

San Diego State finishes its home schedule Wednesday night against Fresno State.

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