LOS ANGELES (AP)
Malachi Flynn scored 16 points and No. 20 San Diego State remained as one of the nation’s four unbeaten teams with a 80-52 victory over Utah on Saturday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Staples Center.
Yanni Wetzell and Nathan Mensah added 14 points apiece for the Aztecs (12-0). They are off to the second-best start in program history.
The Aztecs scored the first seven points and roared to a 15-2 lead. The Utes did not get on the scoreboard until the 16:16 mark and trailed by double digits when Wetzell hit a 3-pointer to make it 12-2 with 15:19 remaining.
San Diego State’s largest lead in the first half was 14. It was up 29-19 at halftime and extended its lead to 34 during thes final minute.
The Aztecs shot 49.2% from the field (31 of 63) while Utah which upset No. 6 Kentucky on Wednesday night, shot a season-low 31.2%. San Diego State also dominated inside with a 42-20 advantage in points in the paint.
San Diego State, Auburn, Duquesne and Liberty remain the nation’s unbeaten teams.
Timmy Allen led Utah (9-3) with 21 points.
Utah: The Utes were hoping to win back-to-back games against ranked teams for only the second time in 23 attempts but playing two significant non-conference games in four days proved to be too much.
San Diego State: This is the Aztecs” third neutral-court victory over a major conference opponent this season. They beat Creighton and Iowa in the Las Vegas Invitational.
Utah: Begins Pac-12 play against Oregon State on Jan. 2.
San Diego State: Hosts Cal Poly on Dec. 28.
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