San Diego State played another tight game Thursday, outlasting Arizona State 65-63 thanks to Trey Pulliam’s only basket of the night.
With just over a minute to go at Viejas Arena, and the Aztecs trailing by one, the senior drove into the paint and lifted up a one-handed floater for the lead.
“He tucked it in and hit the runner,” coach Brian Dutcher told XTRA 1360. “That’s his favorite shot.”
Matt Bradley made one of two free throws to extend the San Diego State lead, but the Sun Devils had multiple looks to close out the game.
After Jalen Graham missed two free throws before Pulliam’s shot, Marreon Jackson, who led Arizona State with 16 points, couldn’t hit on a jumper and a three-pointer. DJ Horne also missed a three down the stretch, as did Jamiya Neal on the Sun Devils’ final shot.
SDSU improved to 2-1 after leading for most of the 1st half, only to fall behind 39-30 after the break. The promptly though went on a 12-0 run to right the ship.
With the loss, Arizona State slipped to 2-2.
Lamont Butler led the way for the Aztecs with 14, followed by Bradley with 12, and Keshad Johnson and Nathan Mensah with 10 each.
SDSU welcomes UT Arlington at 7 p.m. Saturday, then on Thanksgiving Day, they will take part in the Wooden Legacy event. They travel to Anaheim to face Georgetown, with tipoff set for 6 p.m.