Local Teams

National Basketball Association
San Diego St. 65, Nevada 56
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, March 15, 2019
Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Officials: # Tony Padilla, # David Hall, # Larry Spaulding
Attendance: 17923

Devin Watson scored 20 points to lead San Diego State to a 65-56 win over the No. 14 Nevada Wolf Pack in a Mountain West Conference tournament semifinal game on Friday at Las Vegas.

The fourth-seeded Aztecs (21-12) beat the top-seeded Wolf Pack (29-4) for the fourth time in the past five meetings and kept the Wolf Pack from a school-record 30th win.

The Aztecs will play second-seeded Utah State on Saturday for the Mountain West tournament championship, after the Aggies routed third-seeded Fresno State later Friday evening.

Nevada was without second-leading scorer and leading rebounder Jordan Caroline because an Achilles issue that flared up earlier in the day.

The Aztecs watched the Wolf Pack erase a 13-point, second-half deficit and take a 51-49 lead with 7:29 left in the game. But Nevada would go the next seven minutes without scoring and San Diego State would take control.

Jeremy Hemsley tied the game at 51-all and Nathan Mensah's layup put San Diego State up 53-51.

After Cody Martin was called for an offensive foul, Jalen McDaniels' jumper extended the lead to 55-51. McDaniels went to the free-throw line with 1:09 left and made one of two attempts.

Matt Mitchell's free throws with 30.8 clinched the win for the Aztecs.

McDaniels recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

Cody Martin led the Wolf Pack with 16 points. Tre'Shawn Thurman helped offset the loss of Caroline, recording a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wolf Pack's leading scorer, Caleb Martin, picked up two fouls in the first 64 seconds of the game. He re-entered with 3:11 left in the half but was back on the bench 36 seconds later.

Caleb Martin, averaging 19.6 points per game, didn't score his first point until the 14:43 mark of the second half. His first field goal, a 3-point jumper from the top of the key, cut the Wolf Pack deficit to just 46-43. He finished with eight points.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
San Diego St.   Nevada
Devin Watson 20 Scoring Cody Martin 16
Devin Watson 5 Assists Corey Henson 2
Jalen McDaniels 10 Rebounds Tre'Shawn Thurman 11
Devin Watson 6 Free Throws Made Trey Porter 4
Jalen McDaniels 2 Steals Corey Henson 1
Aguek Arop 1 Blocks Trey Porter 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
San Diego St. 65 42.6 6-13 13-17 11 29 1 3 10
Nevada 56 37.9 6-24 6-13 5 36 5 5 12