Quinn leads San Diego State to 58-47 win vs Fresno State
SAN DIEGO (AP) Aqeel Quinn scored 16 points and Winston Shepard had 11 points and nine rebounds to lead San Diego State to a 58-47 victory against Fresno State on Tuesday night, the Aztecs’ fifth win in six games.
The Aztecs (16-5, 6-2 Mountain West) avenged a 59-57 loss at Fresno on Jan. 3 that snapped a streak of 47 straight victories against California teams. They also bounced back from a 79-73 loss at Colorado State on Saturday.
JJ O’Brien added 12 for the Aztecs and reserve big man Angelo Chol scored 10. Chol had six points during a 7-0 run that extended SDSU’s lead to 43-26 with 12:14 to go. Chol made a bank shot, a slam dunk and a jumper.
Marvelle Harris scored 13 for Fresno State (10-11, 5-3). Harris, tied for second in the MWC at 17.9 points per game, injured a knee midway through the second half but later returned. Paul Watson scored 10.
The Bulldogs had won five of six coming in.
SDSU went on an 11-0 run in the final four minutes of the first half to take a 30-19 lead. O’Brien stated the run with a 3-pointer and a layup, and Quinn finished it with a 3-pointer.
Harris made all three free throws after he was fouled by Malik Pope while taking a shot from behind the arc with 7.6 seconds left. Quinn made two free throws with two seconds left to set the halftime score at 32-22.
Fresno State: The Bulldogs haven’t won at San Diego State since a 95-84 victory on Feb. 25, 1999, the season before Steve Fisher took over as coach of the Aztecs.
San Diego State: The Aztecs have won 15 straight games following a loss.
Fresno State is at Colorado State on Saturday.
San Diego State hosts Utah State on Saturday.