San Diego St. 68, Utah 61

Malcom Thomas scored 19 of his career-high 28 points in the

first half and San Diego State held on for a 68-61 win over Utah on

Saturday night.

San Diego State (20-7, 9-4 Mountain West Conference), which set

a school mark by reaching 20 wins for the fifth straight season,

swept Utah for only the second time in the series.

Carlon Brown scored 13 points to lead Utah (12-14, 5-7), which

has lost five of seven.

The Aztecs won despite hitting just 9 of 16 free throws in the

final 2:22, including a stretch of six consecutive misses. Thomas,

a 50 percent free throw shooter, hit only 3 of 8 in the


But Thomas was sensational in the first half when he hit 8 of 9

shots, including only his second 3-pointer of the season. Freshman

Kawhi Leonard had his 13th double-double with 14 points and 15