San Diego State Basketball

San Diego State Basketball Loses Their 1st Game Of The Season, As Arizona Beats Aztecs In The Maui Invitational Semifinals

San Diego State basketball lost to Arizona 87-70 Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

A top-20 showdown in paradise, as unbeaten and 17th-ranked San Diego State played unbeaten and 14th-ranked Arizona Tuesday in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

The Wildcats looked like the better team early, as they surged to a 31-15 lead highlighted by a beautiful transition alley-oop to Azuolas Tubelis.

However, SDSU rallied in the final minutes of the half behind a couple of steals and scores from Darrion Trammell, trimming the Arizona lead to four points at 37-33.

Aztec coach Brian Dutcher had his team ready to play out of the break, as the Aztecs continued their surge by taking their first lead of the game. Keshad Johnson's 3-point play on a dunk and a free throw gave the Aztecs a 42-40 lead early in the second half.

Arizona answered the Aztecs' 26-9 run with a run of their own. The Wildcats regained control with a 15-3 run to grab a 55-44 lead.

From there Arizona cruised to an 87-70 win. San Diego State drops to 4-1 on the season, while the Wildcats improve to 5-0.

Arizona shot over 50% from the field and had five players score in double figures.

The Aztecs struggled shooting from distance, making just three 3-pointers in 20 attempts. SDSU only had one player in double figures: Trammell with 21 points.

Next up for the Aztecs is a Wednesday game against Arkansas for 3rd place in the Maui Invitational.

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