San Diego State vs. Utah State score: Aztecs lose to Aggies in MWC Tournament final, slip to a No. 2 seed

Playing with fire finally got San Diego State burned. The Aztecs fell 59-56 to Utah State in the Mountain West Tournament championship game on Saturday as the Aggies upended them with a go-ahead shot from Sam Merrill in the final few seconds. 

Merrill led all scorers with 27 points and put Utah State ahead for good with a wild stepback 3-pointer  from the top of the key that found the bottom of the net.

San Diego State star Malachi Flynn led the Aztecs with 16 points and nearly hit a miraculous heave at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.

It was the second consecutive game SDSU fell behind before rallying, but this time, the rally fell flat. The loss causes the Aztecs to fall from a projected No. 1 seed to a projected No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to Jerry Palm, with Dayton benefiting from San Diego State’s slip bumping up to a No. 1 seed.

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2020 Mountain West Tournament schedule, scores

Location: Thomas & Mack Center — Las Vegas
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All times Eastern

First round — Wednesday, March 4

Quarterfinals — Thursday, March 5  

  • Game 4: No. 1 San Diego State 73, No. 9 Air Force 60
  • Game 5: No. 5 Boise State 67, No. 4 UNLV 61 
  • Game 6: No. 2 Utah State 75, No. 7 New Mexico 70
  • Game 7: No. 11 Wyoming 74, No. 3 Nevada 71   

Semifinals — Friday, March 6

  • Game 8: No. 1 San Diego State 81, No. 5 Boise State 68
  • Game 9: No. 2 Utah State 89, No. 11 Wyoming 82

Championship — Saturday, March 7

  • Game 11: No. 2 Utah State  59, No. 1 San Diego State 56 

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