San Diego State uses defense, effort to beat Utah State, sweep Mountain West basketball titles

LAS VEGAS — There was a spectacular lob dunk and the usual complement of 3-pointers and a sweet left-handed jump hook over 7-footer Neemias Queta after a couple pumps and pivots. But if you want to know how 19th-ranked and top-seeded San Diego State beat Utah State, 68-57, on Saturday afternoon to break its nasty habit of losing in the Mountain West Tournament championship game (six times in its previous seven trips), you had to roll the tape on less glamorous moments. Like the sequence midway through the first half with the Aztecs down one and Lamont Butler’s layup having just rolled off the …

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