SDSU coach Steve Fisher warned his team earlier this week that the difference between 11-0 and 7-4 was miniscule.
Ted Leitner even admitted during the second half of his radio game broadcast that he had a bad feeling about this one.
And that was when the Aztecs were up by 8 points.
Trey Kell missed a potential game-winning jumper with under five seconds to play in regulation and Fresno State eked out a 58-57 win over the first-place Aztecs.
The loss snapped San Diego State’s 11-game conference winning streak and was the first setback for SDSU in Mountain West play this season.
Kell finished with 16 points and Jeremy Hemsley led the Aztecs with 18.
The Aztecs led Fresno State by double digits on multiple occasions but the Bulldogs refused to roll over.
Marvelle Harris scored 20 points but he had lots of help.
A key triple by Julian Lewis put Fresno ahead 53-50 before SDSU senior Winston Shepard canned a huge trey to knot the game at 53.
But Fresno State hit a couple free throws to take the lead down the stretch and after SDSU’s last timeout with 7.6 seconds, Kell’s pull-up near the left elbow would not fall.
The Bulldogs have given the Aztecs trouble the past few meetings.
SDSU lost in Fresno last January as well to end another long winning streak against California schools.
Fresno State also nearly defeated the Aztecs at Viejas Arena a few weeks ago, when San Diego State escaped in overtime 73-67.
SDSU returns to action Saturday at home when Air Force visits America’s Finest City. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.