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Jan 27, 2011 1:42 AM by Lee Douglas

BYU hands Aztecs first loss in huge Mountain West game

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Jimmer Fredette scored 43 points and ninth-ranked BYU beat No. 4 San Diego State 71-58 before a frenzied crowd Wednesday night, handing the Aztecs their first defeat of the season.

The loss by SDSU (20-1, 5-1 Mountain West Conference) leaves Ohio State as the only unbeaten team in the nation.

BYU (20-1, 6-0) has won 10 straight, and six in a row at home against San Diego State.

The biggest regular-season basketball game in Mountain West Conference history didn't disappoint. The first matchup of top-10 teams in the conference was tight from the start, with 15 lead changes and seven ties.

The Cougars trailed 31-30 at halftime thanks to a late 3-pointer by San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard.

But BYU, now alone atop the Mountain West, turned it on in the second half. With the score tied at 44, the Cougars went on a 16-8 run to take a 60-52 lead with 4:12 to go.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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