Thomas helps San Diego State hold off Utah 70-68

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—Malcolm Thomas scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help San Diego State outlast Utah 70-68 on Tuesday night.

Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Kelvin Davis added 10 points as the Aztecs (14-5, 3-2 Mountain West) overcame late free throw shooting woes and watched with relief as Carlon Brown’s desperate 3-pointer clanged off the rim at the buzzer.

Brown scored 18 points, Luka Drca had 15 and Marshall Henderson added 14 for the Utes (9-9, 1-2), who trimmed a 12-point lead to 69-68 before falling.

The Aztecs made just 5 of 11 free throws in the final two minutes and were 10 of 23 for the game.

Despite giving up 6 inches to 7-foot-3 David Foster, Thomas made 10 of 17 shots to help the Aztecs dominate Utah with a 36-18 advantage in points in the paint.

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Malcolm Thomas Malcolm Thomas
10-17,  23 Pts
13 Rebs, 0 Assists
David Foster David Foster
3-4,  6 Pts
9 Rebs, 3 Assists

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