NCAAB Game Recap - Tennessee State at San Diego State
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:00 PM EST

VaTec
71
MSU
66
F
Kansas
93
Chami
63
F
Kent
52
OhSt
71
F
Chat
46
Tenn
58
F
Aub
84
NM
59
F
AlSt
62
VACom
78
F
NE
62
SthAL
74
F
ColSt
70
NMSt
78
F(OT)
(N/A)
51
Drex
84
F
Yale
73
W MI
51
F
GrCan
68
IlSt
63
F
LoyIL
55
SoFL
66
F
Drake
59
MiaO
67
F
Seatt
70
Buck
77
F
UGA
61
Dayt
80
F
Ford
64
W Ky
69
F
Detr
62
ULLa
81
F
WriSt
72
Web
57
F
GMas
60
OlDom
53
F
IUPUI
77
LoyMD
81
F
Valpa
77
Cin
81
F(OT)
KansSt
59
Pitt
63
F
(N/A)
83
Winth
127
F
Wisc
52
Rich
62
F
Butl
63
Mizzu
52
F
Ark
62
GaTec
61
F(OT)
Lipsco
78
TNTec
65
F
(N/A)
56
NoKY
86
F
ChiSt
56
FlaSt
113
F
WaSt
71
Nebras
82
F
Murr
64
LaSal
75
F
South
51
NebOm
78
F
Troy
66
AlaAM
80
F
CSNor
84
WIGB
85
F
SeLA
70
Vand
78
F
TAMIn
52
TexPA
79
F
AbCh
56
TxSt
61
F
(N/A)
45
Oral
99
F
Oakl
50
NIU
74
F
SCSt
66
APSU
92
F
Jacksn
57
Campbl
62
F
Nev
77
BGSU
62
F
ChBap
67
ArkPB
75
F
LaTec
75
Ind
88
F
Brad
51
NW
78
F
TXSo
62
Mont
74
F
Okla
54
Stan
73
F
TNSt
49
SDSU
62
F
BYU
78
UCLA
63
F

Nov 25, 2019, 10:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Tennessee State (3-3)

23

26

49

San Diego State (6-0)

25

37

62

Flynn, Wetzell lead SDSU to 62-49 win over Tennessee State
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:51 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State rallied just in time to improve to 6-0 for the first time since Kawhi Leonard led the Aztecs to the best season in school history eight years ago.

Malachi Flynn scored 11 points and Yanni Wetzell added 10 for the streaky Aztecs, who beat Tennessee State 62-49 Monday night.

SDSU shot poorly all night, finishing at 35.7%, but righted itself midway through the second half.

"We had no offensive rhythm at all today, but our defense carried us and we rebounded enough to come out with a win against a very scrappy Tennessee State team," coach Brian Dutcher said. "We broke the game open when we finally got a few fast break opportunities. We forced 18 turnovers and some of those in the second half we were able to run out on and get some fast break opportunities.

"We're deep and we needed every player we had on the team today to step up and make important plays for us."

SDSU is 6-0 for the first time since 2010-11, when Leonard lead them to a 20-0 start and the school's first Sweet 16 berth. The Aztecs finished 34-3 after a loss to eventual national champion UConn.

Flynn hit a big 3-pointer in the closing minute to reach double digits. Wetzell scored in double digits in three straight games for the first time in his career. He hit two more of his sweet post-up hook shots, the first one to open scoring and the second one early in the second half.

Matt Mitchell and Trey Pulliam keyed a 9-0 run midway through the second half to give the Aztecs the lead for good.

With the score tied at 31, Mitchell made a three throw and a three-point play, and Pulliam hit a runner in the key and converted a three-point play as the Aztecs surged to a 40-31 lead.

"I think it started on the defensive end," Wetzell said. "I think that if we can manage to get stops and get out in transition, that kind of started our run, ignited our little run that we had, and that was the big burst that we needed."

The Tigers rattled off consecutive baskets by Michael Littlejohn, Shakem Johnson and Mark Freeman to pull within four.

San Diego State then got hot again, with Flynn and Adam Seiko hitting 3-point shots and Wetzell making a fast-break layup to push the lead to 48-37.

Mitchell and Adam Seiko had nine points apiece. Seiko hit three 3-pointers.

Wetzell, a big New Zealander, said the Tigers played tough defense. "They weren't giving you any easy 2s. Credit to them, they fought hard and they're a physical team."

Littlejohn scored 21 for Tennessee State (3-3).

"San Diego State is an unbelievable team," Tennessee State coach Brian Collins said. "They're well-coached, a preseason No. 2 pick in the Mountain West Conference, so for us to come out here and battle them as one of the top teams in the Mountain West says a lot about our guys."

The Tigers outscored SDSU 13-4 in the final nine minutes of the first half.

SDSU led 21-10 after Nathan Mensah's layup and then went the rest of the half without making a field goal.

The Tigers pulled back into it and took a 22-21 lead on Mark Freeman's 3-pointer with 3:45 left. Ben Kone hit the first of two free throws before the Aztecs closed the half with two free throws by Wetzell and KJ Feagin to take a 25-23 lead.

This was an unbracketed game in the Las Vegas Invitational. Both teams will head to Las Vegas to play in different brackets.

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee State: The Tigers were coming off a 72-57 loss at Texas Tech in which they trailed by just three points at halftime. "We played two high measure-type teams in San Diego State and Texas Tech, and in both games we held them under 35% shooting," Collins said. "Our defense was able to hold on in both of those games and kind of keep us in the game."

San Diego State: The Aztecs need to pick up their game if they're going to come away with at least one win from their trip to Las Vegas. They play Creighton on Thursday night, with the winner to face the winner of the No. 12 Texas Tech-Iowa game on Friday night. SDSU won at BYU on Nov. 9 and also plays Utah in Los Angeles on De. 21. The Aztecs are looking for good results from those four games in order to improve their chances of an at-large NCAA Tournament bid if they don't win the Mountain West Conference tournament.

UP NEXT

Tennessee State plays Cal Poly on Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas.

San Diego State plays Creighton on Thursday night in the main bracket of the Las Vegas Invitational.

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Leaders

Tennessee State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Brown 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Moody 0 0 1 2 0 0
San Diego State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Schakel 0 0 0 6 0 0
M. Flynn 11 0 4 1 2 0

Team Comparison

TNSt SDSU
Points For 49 62
Field Goals 17/48-35% 20/56-36%
Three Pointers 7/25-28% 6/21-29%
Free Throws 8/10-80% 16/17-94%
Offensive Rebounds 5 8
Defensive Rebounds 29 27
Rebounds 39 42
Blocks 3 3
Steals 5 5
Turnovers 18 11
Personal Fouls 22 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - SDSU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 25 TNSt 49 @ SDSU 62 C. Marshall Jr. 1 A. Arop 2

Game Information

Stadium: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego, California
Attendance: 10,430
Game Time: