FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Devin Watson scored 16 points and San Diego State closed the game on a 12-4 run to beat Georgia 75-68 on Friday night, sending the Aztecs into the title game of the Wooden Legacy.
Trey Kell and Matt Mitchell added 13 points apiece for the Aztecs (5-1).
Neither team led by more than eight points in the second half, a back-and-forth scoring fest with little defense.
Turtle Jackson and Yante Maten each scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (4-1).
Jackson's 3-pointer put Georgia ahead 64-63, its last lead. The Aztecs answered with the 12-4 run, including nine in a row, that ended the game. Five different players scored in the spurt.
San Diego State shot just 30 percent in the first half, and narrowly outrebounded the Bulldogs 48-44.
Rayshaun Hammonds missed two 3-pointers for Georgia, and preseason SEC player of the year Maten missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left.
Maten received two fouls during San Diego State's 18-3 run that put the Aztecs ahead 31-27. The first was a flagrant; the second was a technical for elbowing Jordan Schakel in the nose, drawing blood. Maten briefly sat down after the second one before returning to make six straight free throws and help the Bulldogs close out the half leading 34-33.
Georgia: Maten made all eight of his free throws for the Bulldogs, and he is 37 of 38 for the season. He missed his only one in a 64-57 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday.
San Diego State came into the tournament averaging 84 points and has scored at least 68 points in its first seven games. That's quite a change from last season when the Aztecs averaged 68.5 points and scored over 80 points just four times.
Georgia plays No. 21 Saint Mary's for third place on Sunday.
San Diego State moves into the title game against Washington State on Sunday.
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