SAN DIEGO (AP) — Alex Barcello scored 22 points and Brandon Averette hit a huge 3-pointer with 51 seconds left for BYU, which blew a 17-point lead before beating No. 18 San Diego State 72-62 on Friday despite Matt Mitchell’s career-high 35 points.
Mitchell was remarkable in scoring 26 points in the second half. He spurred a 14-0 run with three 3-pointers and then had a steal and dunk that tied it 61.
But BYU (7-2) regained control and handed San Diego State (5-1) its first loss. The Aztecs won their first 26 games last season and were the nation’s last undefeated team en route to a 30-2 record.
Matt Haarms and Averette scored 10 points apiece.
Jordan Schakel had only three points on 1-of-9 shooting after scoring a career-high 25 points in San Diego State’s 80-68 win at Arizona State on Dec. 10.
NO. 8 WEST VIRGINIA 70, IOWA STATE 65
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Miles McBride scored 18 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 21 seconds left, to send West Virginia past Iowa State.
Derek Culver had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Mountaineers (7-1, 1-0 Big 12), who scored the final six points. They overcame poor shooting in their conference opener by making 14 of 16 free throws over the final six minutes.
Rasir Bolton scored a season-high 25 points for Iowa State (1-4, 0-2), which couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers.
NO. 10 TENNESSEE 103, TENNESSEE TECH 49
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jaden Springer scored 21 points to lead Tennessee over Tennessee Tech.
The 6-foot-4 freshman also had six rebounds and six assists and was one of six Volunteers (4-0) in double figures. Josiah-Jordan James and Victor Bailey Jr. scored 15 points each, John Fulkerson had 13 points and six rebounds, Keon Johnson scored 13 points and Yves Pons had 10 points and two blocks.
The Golden Eagles (0-8) were led by Jr. Clay with 13 points. Keishawn Davidson added 12 points.
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