Rebels Fall to Conference Leading SDSU, 81-70|
Feb. 16, 2006
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Brandon Heath scored 25 points and had seven assists Thursday night to lead San Diego State to an 81-70 win over UNLV in what began as a battle of the Mountain West Conference's first and second-place teams.
John Sharper had 19 points and six rebounds off the bench for San Diego State (17-7, 10-2), which moved two games up on now-second-place Air Force. UNLV (13-10, 7-4) dropped into a third place tie with BYU.
Heath and Sharper both hit five of seven shots from three-point range to help San Diego State win its ninth game in 10 outings. Marcus Slaughter had 15 points and Mohamed Abukar had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Aztecs.
After jumping out to a 20-9 lead in the early going, San Diego State never let the lead shrink to less than three points.
Trailing 42-32 at halftime, the Rebels got back into the game with a 9-2 run that opened the second half and cut the lead to 44-41 with 17:16 left. Amundson scored seven of those nine points.
The Aztecs then responded with a 13-5 run of their own, and the Rebels never got close again.