Thanks to a 28-5 run in the second half, San Diego State was able to mount a 15-point comeback to beat No. 14 Cal 72-58 Thursday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The 15-point comeback was the second-largest rally in school history, and the largest in the 17 years Steve Fisher has been the head coach.
SDSU moves to the finals of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational where it has a match with West Virginia 7:30 p.m. Friday, which received votes in the latest AP Top 25 poll.
Inside the 28-5 run was a 9-0 run in the beginning of the second half fueled by nine straight points from senior Winston Shepard.
Shepard tied for a team-high 15 points with fellow senior, Skylar Spencer, whose 15 points marked a career-high.
SDSU continues its dominance over the state of California, as it has now won 46 straight non-conference games against teams from the state.
Redshirt-freshman Zylan Cheatham had one of the finest performances of his young career, logging his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Both the 13 points and 10 rebounds were career highs for Cheatham.
The Aztecs have won a game against a nationally ranked team for a school-record, eighth-straight season and are one of seven teams in the country to play at least 10 games against nationally ranked opponents with a winning record since 2013-14.
Friday’s game against West Virginia can be seen on Fox Sports 1 and heard on The Mighty 1090 AM.