SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Lawrence Borha scored 22 points and Utah fought back from a nearly disastrous start to beat San Diego State 72-66 for its fourth straight victory on Saturday.
The Utes (15-8, 6-4 Mountain West) didn't score for the first 6:38 of the game and fell behind 11-0, but gradually fought back to beat the Aztecs (16-9, 6-5 Mountain West) for the 25th time in the last 26 meetings at the Huntsman Center.
D.J. Gay scored 21 points to lead the Aztecs, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Lorrenzo Wade added 16 and Ryan Amoroso had 11, but Kelvin Davis was scoreless in place of suspended second-leading scorer Kyle Spain.
The game was close throughout the second half, and the Aztecs pulled to within 65-61 with 1:09 remaining on Gay
But the Utes made 7 of 8 free throws the rest of the way, and Johnnie Bryant grabbed a crucial rebound with 18.9 seconds left that sealed the victory.
Bryant finished with 17 points for the Utes, and Luke Nevill added 10 and five rebounds.