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SMU edges Utah State 77-74 in Diamond Head Classic semis

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SMU players huddle on the floor

SMU players huddle on the floor during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Utah State, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Honolulu. SMU defeated Utah State 77-74 to reach the final of the Diamond Head Classic.

Marco Garcia, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Zhuric Phelps scored 19 points and Zach Nutall hit a big 3-pointer in the final minute to send SMU to a 77-74 victory over Utah State in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic on Friday night.

Phelps added eight rebounds and four assists for the Mustangs (5-7). Nutall connected from beyond the arc with 33 seconds left to give SMU a two-possession lead.

Samuell Williams had 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting with three steals for SMU. Nutall finished with 13 points and Efe Odigie scored 12. Stefan Todorovic added 10 points off the bench.

Sean Bairstow and Max Shulga paced the Aggies (10-2) with 18 points apiece. Bairstow grabbed eight rebounds. Steven Ashworth scored 15. Utah State has lost two of its last three games after a 9-0 start.

SMU will play the winner of the other semifinal between Washington State and Hawaii in the final on Sunday