Parrish hits late 3 to give Aztecs 72-69 win over UC Irvine

Nov 29, 2022, 7:22 AM | Updated: 10:33 pm
San Diego State guard Matt Bradley (20) is fouled by UC Irvine center Bent Leuchten (15) during the...

San Diego State guard Matt Bradley (20) is fouled by UC Irvine center Bent Leuchten (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

              UC Irvine guard Justin Hohn (2) drives past San Diego State guard Darrion Trammell (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
            
              San Diego State guard Matt Bradley (20) and UC Irvine guard DJ Davis (22) vie for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
            
              San Diego State guard Matt Bradley (20) shoots over UC Irvine guard DJ Davis (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
            
              UC Irvine forward Dean Keeler (31) shoots as San Diego State guard Micah Parrish (3) watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
            
              San Diego State guard Matt Bradley (20) is fouled by UC Irvine center Bent Leuchten (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Micah Parrish hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2.4 seconds left to give host No. 24 San Diego State a come-from-behind 72-69 win over UC Irvine on Tuesday night.

“I knew it was good,” Parrish said of his winning shot. “As soon as it left my hand, I looked away. I looked back and I saw it was in.”

Nathan Mensah scored 18 points to lead the Aztecs (5-2), who came into the game looking to rebound after consecutive defeats to Arizona and Arkansas at the Maui Invitational last week.

“Players are just tired from the flight. It is a long trip,” Mensah said of the journey back from Hawaii and having to face a tough Anteaters squad. “It was not just a hangover from Maui but also we played good competition in UC Irvine.”

DJ Davis scored 28 points to lead the Anteaters (6-2), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

“UC Irvine’s guards are dynamic,” San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher said. “You go out there to take away the three away, you can’t give him (Davis) the three.”

Davis was 4-for-6 on threes despite the attempt by the Aztecs defense to limit his perimeter shots.

“He shot so far away I couldn’t believe it,” Dutcher said of Davis. “So you are going to give him angles. You are guarding him 30 feet from the hoop and he is going to get by you.”

It was a tight game throughout, especially in the second half when the lead see-sawed between the teams. San Diego State maintained a small advantage throughout the first half and lead 32-30 at the break.

“The first game after Hawaii is always tough. I have been around long enough to know that. It’s super tough when you schedule a team that is 6-1 and playing really good basketball,” Dutcher said. “We made a lot of mistakes in the first half. Offensively too careless with the ball.”

With five minutes to play in the first half, referee Larry Spaulding suffered an apparent leg injury and left the game, leaving just two officials to cover the floor for the remainder of the game. There was no update provided post-game on Spaulding’s injury.

“We attacked hard and got to the foul line a lot. Maybe if we had a third official out there we would have shot 100 free throws,” Dutcher said. “I feel bad for Mr. Spaulding. That was a tough injury so I am wishing him well.”

Matt Bradley had 14 points for the Aztecs and had the crucial assist to Parrish for the game-winner.

“Matt is one of the best passers on the team. I know last year he led the team in assists and he doesn’t get enough credit for that,” Parrish said. “He is a brilliant passer when he doesn’t have a shot.”

San Diego State shot 6-for-21 for three-point shooting but hit several huge threes in the final minutes, which clinched the win.

“The most gratifying thing is to see that we got down four late and we didn’t fold up,” Dutcher said. “We got stops and we made big baskets. We struggled from three, but with the game on the line we made three in a row I think at the end.”

BIG PICTURE

UC Irvine: Coming into the game, UC Irvine was ranked 15th nationally in bench points with a 35-point average. The Anteaters only had 16 against the Aztecs.

SAN DIEGO STATE: The win over UC Irvine was the 33rd consecutive victory by the Aztecs over a Big West opponent.

UP NEXT

UC Irvine: The Anteaters finish a challenging week by hosting Fresno State on Saturday evening and then go on the road for four of their next five games.

San Diego State: The Aztecs host small school Occidental College on Friday night. The Aztecs play at home for five of their next six games. The Aztecs are 38-4 in their last 42 home games.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives as Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (11) defends during the f...
Associated Press

Young scores 27 to lead Hawks past Jazz, 115-108

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Trae Young had 27 points and six assists to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 115-108 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night. De’Andre Hunter scored 26 points for the Hawks. Onyeka Okongwu had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dejounte Murray added 13 points and eight assists. Atlanta […]
23 hours ago
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) shoots a three point basket as Houston Rockets forward Jae...
Associated Press

VanVleet has 32 as Raptors get 117-111 win over Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — Fred VanVleet scored 32 points, Gary Trent Jr. added 29 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. The Raptors took a commanding lead in the third quarter and were up by double-digits for most of the fourth. But five straight […]
23 hours ago
Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (1) shoots against Washington Wizards guard Monte Morr...
Associated Press

Blazers rally from 20 down to end Wizards’ win streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anfernee Simons scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers erased a 20-point deficit, snapping Washington’s six-game winning streak Friday night with a 124-116 victory over the Wizards. Simons made six of Portland’s nine 3-pointers in the third, and the Trail Blazers finally caught and […]
23 hours ago
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is fouled as he drives to the basket against San Antonio...
Associated Press

Embiid’s double-double keys 76ers as Spurs drop 8th straight

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Joel Embiid had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat San Antonio 137-125 on Friday night, sending the scuffling Spurs to their eighth straight loss. Tyrese Maxey had 25 points and James Harden added 16 for Philadelphia, which has the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. “Tonight was […]
23 hours ago
A scrum breaks out between Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic players during the second half ...
Associated Press

Fight between Magic, Timberwolves leads to 5 players ejected

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fight broke out and punches were thrown during the game between the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Five players were ejected following the brawl, which started in front of the Orlando bench late in the third quarter. Minnesota guard Austin Rivers and Magic center Mo Bamba were the […]
23 hours ago
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) stands on the ice during the NHL All Star Skills Showcase, F...
Associated Press

NHL takes skills showcase outside, McDavid shines inside

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sidney Crosby got dunked into a tank of water, Nick Suzuki holed a golf ball with a hockey stick and the NHL made hockey an outdoor sport for its skills showcase in South Florida. Two new events outside in the sun highlighted the league’s annual skills competition at All-Star Weekend, with […]
23 hours ago
Parrish hits late 3 to give Aztecs 72-69 win over UC Irvine