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February 24, 2007
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SAN DIEGO - Brandon Heath scored 30 points and Mohamed Abukar had 27 to lead the San Diego State Aztecs to an 86-74 victory over Mountain West Conference leader Brigham Young on Saturday, ending the No. 21 Cougars' eight-game winning streak.
The defending conference champion Aztecs (20-8, 9-5) were inspired from the start, beginning with a reverse dunk by Jerome Habel off the opening tip and continuing with an 18-0 run that gave them a 22-4 lead.
Heath, the reigning MWC Player of the Year, scored 12 of the Aztecs' first 20 points, including a 3-point shot and a three-point play.
Jerome Habel had 12 and Lorrenzo Wade 10 for the Aztecs, who won for the seventh time in eight games.
BYU (21-7, 11-3 MWC) went almost seven minutes between field goals, and didn't reach double digits until Trent Plaisted made a three-point play with 9:26 left before halftime to make it 30-11.
That started a 9-0 BYU run.
SDSU avenged an 80-58 loss at BYU on Jan. 6, the Aztecs' worst defeat of the season. It came during a stretch when the Aztecs lost four of their first six MWC games.
The Aztecs have won consecutive games against ranked teams for just the second time since moving to Division I in 1970-71. SDSU beat Air Force, then ranked No. 15, 62-41 at home on Feb. 6. The only other time the Aztecs accomplished the feat was with wins against New Mexico and BYU in the 1987-88 season.
It was the first time the Aztecs had wins against two ranked teams in one month since beating San Francisco and Kansas in December 1978.
Overall, SDSU is 12-73 against ranked opponents.
San Diego State led 61-40 midway through the second half before BYU whittled it down with a barrage of five 3-pointers by Tavernari and four by Austin Ainge.