SAN DIEGO —Elijah Mitrou-Long scored 19 factors, together with two free throws with 11.5 seconds left, and U.N.L.V. handed No. 4 San Diego State its first lack of the season, a 66-63 defeat on Saturday, ending the Aztecs’ 26-game profitable streak.
San Diego State, which had been the one remaining undefeated males’s staff, erased most of a 14-point deficit when it pulled to inside 64-63 on Malachi Flynn’s 3-pointer with lower than 20 seconds left. Mitrou-Long was fouled by Matt Mitchell with 11.5 seconds left and made each free throws.
Flynn missed a contested 3-pointer with 3.Three seconds left and the ball went to the Runnin’ Rebels (15-14, 10-6 Mountain West Conference). After a protracted move down the courtroom, Mitchell ended up with the ball and his desperation shot on the buzzer fell quick.
San Diego State (26-1, 15-1) unveiled a banner for profitable the regular-season convention championship earlier than the sport after which seemed nothing just like the staff that raced to one of the best begin in program historical past. The Aztecs trailed by 14 halfway by way of the second half and had been down 11 with 4:32 remaining.
They had been uncharacteristically porous on protection and sloppy on offense, lacking straightforward photographs and committing careless turnovers.
San Diego State had been projected because the No. 1 seed within the East Region within the N.C.A.A. match by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Providing the Aztecs don’t falter once more, the loss may preserve the Aztecs within the West because the No. 2 seed. Gonzaga is the projected No. 1 seed within the West, the place the regionals will likely be at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Aztecs will drop from their No. Four spot within the Top 25, which matched the very best rating in class historical past. The Top 25 was additionally shaken by No. 3 Kansas’ 64-61 win over No. 1 Baylor.
U.N.L.V.’s Amauri Hardy scored 17 factors, and Bryce Hamilton added 11 factors and 10 rebounds.
Flynn scored 24 factors, Mitchell had 13 and Jordan Schakel had 10 for San Diego State.
The Aztecs pulled inside 62-60 on Flynn’s two free throws with 1:47 left and Arop Aguek’s layup with 25.6 seconds left. Mitrou-Long then made two free throws with 19.9 seconds left for a four-point lead.
Hardy’s jumper gave U.N.L.V. a 44-30 lead three minutes into the second half earlier than San Diego State pulled inside seven. But Hardy then made a free throw and a layup to place the Runnin’ Rebels again up by double digits.
U.N.L.V. took benefit of quite a few breakdowns by the Aztecs to take a double-digit lead halfway by way of the primary half and had been up 37-25 at halftime after a steal and dunk by Mitrou-Long.
San Diego State by no means led after going up 14-13 on a Flynn 3-pointer, after which permitting U.N.L.V. to go on a 10-Zero run. Mitrou-Long began it by changing a 4-point play when he hit a 3-pointer and was fouled by Flynn.
The Aztecs’ solely factors in a four-minute span had been two free throws apiece by Mitchell and Flynn. U.N.L.V. saved connecting, although, getting a financial institution shot by Hamilton and a 3-pointer by Mitrou-Long to take its first double-digit lead, 28-18 with 7:12 earlier than halftime.
San Diego subsequent hosts Colorado State on Tuesday.U.N.L.V. will play Boise State in its home finale on Wednesday.