SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Jerome Habel scored 17 points as San Diego State overcame an 11-point second half deficit and beat Utah, 63-53, Saturday afternoon.
The victory snapped the Aztecs two-game losing streak and left them with a 14-7 overall record, 3-4 in the conference. Utah, which had won its last two games, is 7-13 (2-5 in MCW).
Utah, sparked by Johnnie Bryant's three straight three-pointers, went on a 15-4 run to open the second half to take a 40-29 lead with 15:40 left. However, San Diego State followed with an 11-0 run highlighted by Habel's reverse slam that tied the game at 40-40 with 11 minutes left.
Lorenzo Wade, who had 12 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five assists for the Aztecs finished off what was an 18-4 run with a three-point dunk play. That put San Diego State up 47-42 with 5:10 left in the game.
Utah, which went 5:38 without a point midway through the second half, did close to within two points at 49-47 on a pair of free-throws by Bryant. But the Aztecs finished the game with a 14-6 run connecting on 10 of its last 12 free throws and wound up outscoring the Utes, 34-13, over the final 15:55.
Brandon Heath scored 14 points for the Aztecs while Mohamed Abukar, who missed the UNLV game Tuesday with a bruised left knee, scored 12. Richie Williams, who had six points, also came up with a career-high six steals along with five assists for the Aztecs.