Avila’s leads Colorado St. past San Diego St.

Jan 24, 2015; Fort Collins, CO, USA; San Diego State Aztecs forward Malik Pope (21) controls the ball against Colorado State Rams forward Stanton Kidd (11) in the second half at Moby Arena. The Rams defeated the Aztecs 79-73.  

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — J.J. Avila scored a season-high 29 points, on 12-of-16 shooting, to help Colorado State hold off a late surge by San Diego State for a 79-73 win Saturday night.

Colorado State (18-2, 5-2 Mountain West) led by as many as 12 in the second half and Stanton Kidd’s 3-pointer with 9:40 to go gave the Rams a 65-55 advantage.

Malik Pope, who led San Diego State (15-5, 5-2) with a career-high 22 points, scored eight during a 17-8 run over the next five-plus minutes and the Aztecs trailed 73-72 with four minutes remaining.

San Diego State, however, went 0 for 5 from the field and 1 for 4 from the line from there and Colorado State closed the game with a 6-1 run.

Kidd and Daniel Bejarano scored 14 apiece for Colorado State, which made 12 of 21 (season-high 57 percent) from 3-point range.