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Heart-stopper: Aztecs erase 5-point deficit in final 45 seconds, beat UC Irvine at Vijeas Arena

Mark Zeigler, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Basketball

SAN DIEGO — San Diego State basketball: not good for the heart.

In a season that already has featured two overtime wins after blowing double-digit leads and a buzzer-beater after being down 14 inside seven minutes to go, the Aztecs offered a new twist on what is becoming an old story.

Up 16 in the second half.

Down five with 45 seconds to go.

Win.

A year ago, Micah Parrish made a 3 from the left corner with 2.4 seconds left to beat UC Irvine at Viejas Arena. Saturday night, the same two teams met in the same place, and Parrish’s layup with 10.4 seconds left gave the No. 25 Aztecs a dramatic 63-62 win they probably didn’t deserve but will gladly take with Jaedon LeDee, their leading scorer and rebounder (and pretty much everything else), sidelined with a sprained elbow.

 

Parrish was fouled on the play but missed the free throw, and UC Irvine came to the other end looking for the winner. Justin Hohn, who had already made four 3s, launched one with a hand in his face.

Short.

Buzzer.

Celebration.

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