LAS VEGAS (AP) – Matt Mitchell scored 14 points to move ahead of San Diego, No. 19, in a 68-57 victory over Utah in Saturday’s West Highway Championship game.
The Aggins have beaten the State of San Diego in each of their last two league games. The Aztecs, who also won the regular season championship, lost six of their previous seven titles.
With the automatic application of the league, the Aztecs return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2018. This is the fifth time in 22 years that he has won the title.
Nathan Mensa added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Aztecs, and Trey Puliam also had 10 points.
Junior center Neemias Queta led the Aggies with 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Points Astin Bean added 12 points and six rebounds.
The state of San Diego (23-4) cut the series of six-game victories in the state of Utah, during which Agges (20-8) allowed only 58.5 points per game. The Aztecs had their 58th point with a score of 5:53 in the second half.
In the battle between the two toughest defenses in the league, the state of San Diego showed its dominance with a 10-2 stealing advantage. The turnover was seven, Utah had 16 costly transactions, and the Aztecs had 14 points.
Having already played a regular season in Utah, the Aztecs did not waste time parting ways with the second negotiable Aggins, using a 6-0 run to start the second half with a 34-24 lead. ,
The first half was terribly similar to last year’s championship game, as a result of which the teams united, scoring 58 to 19 (32%) in the first half, while scoring 50 points. In this game, the teams were 21 against 57 (36.8%) and joined the first half of 52 points.
Outside of Queta, the Aggies could not do much about their attack as the 7-man had 12 of the team’s 24 points. Although Queta was 6th to 4th on the floor in the first 20 minutes, the rest of the Aggies were only 5 of 18 (27.7%) away from the field. Utah also suffered from turnover, making eight under the tough defense of the state of San Diego.
Although the Aztecs were not as offensive in the first half as Utah, hitting only 12 out of 33 (36.4%), they got a better balance by including six shooters in the standings. The state of San Diego found a way to get around Queta in the first half, beating the Aggies in the paint, 14-8.
Utah. The “Aggins” entered the game in the 22nd position of the nation with 12.6 offensive strokes in one game, 136 more boards on the attacking glass than their rivals. They finished the week with 12.
State of San Diego. Saturday was celebrated for the fifth time this season. Mensa had at least eight points and eight rebounds. This is the first time he has done so since February 8.
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