NCAAB Game Recap - Cal Poly at San Diego State
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:00 PM EST

Lou
70
KY
78
F(OT)
Brown
50
Duke
75
F
NOrl
55
Mem
97
F
ULMo
36
Butl
67
F
CAPoly
57
SDSU
73
F
N AL
71
FlaSt
88
F
(N/A)
46
MorSt
102
F
YSU
83
IUPUI
73
F
Piedm
47
WCU
108
F
CenMI
62
Purd
97
F
Amer
60
GTown
80
F
LongB
63
Fla
102
F
(N/A)
53
Mercer
104
F
WIMil
64
NoKY
74
F
StPet
67
Hamp
70
F
Wisc
68
Tenn
48
F
Buck
59
LaSal
71
F
CenAR
54
Marq
106
F
Toled
66
Brad
78
F
(N/A)
49
UAB
82
F
WIGB
84
WriSt
90
F
NE
61
Tows
45
F
Charl
76
Drex
65
F
Maris
54
Colum
69
F
E MI
49
UNLV
64
F
TXSo
81
AzSt
98
F
PaulQ
62
SFA
94
F
Detr
69
Oakl
78
F
E OR
61
UtSt
129
F
(N/A)
64
TexSA
99
F
Fairf
66
Merrim
54
F
Longw
65
GrgWas
78
F
E WA
79
Web
77
F
(N/A)
62
ColSt
87
F
Mobil
47
SthAL
76
F
FlInt
62
Minn
89
F
Hof
82
JMU
76
F
E KY
74
ECU
82
F
Clev
66
IL-C
71
F
(N/A)
84
LIU
125
F
(N/A)
73
ArkSt
84
F
CS-Ful
77
UCLA
74
F
(N/A)
65
UtVal
80
F
CarBi
56
JacSt
120
F
(N/A)
34
UNCG
106
F
N CO
65
PorSt
69
F
(N/A)
52
ChaSo
108
F
(N/A)
54
Crei
91
F
(N/A)
68
Wyo
82
F
Sac
51
MTSt
66
F
CSNor
72
Bois
103
F
TxWes
64
N TX
102
F
Niag
57
Syr
71
F
UNCW
68
Del
82
F
Belm
79
W Ky
62
F
Seatt
58
StMar
84
F
CmbTN
46
Murr
81
F
Pepp
68
SJSU
83
F
UCRiv
60
Fres
57
F
NoAZ
72
Mont
79
F
Ida
60
IdaSt
62
F
Oral
73
BYU
79
F
Morg
74
LoyMa
71
F
(N/A)
75
CBU
92
F
Pacif
56
UCIrv
69
F

Dec 28, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Cal Poly (2-11)

23

34

57

(15) San Diego State (13-0)

31

42

73

No. 15 San Diego State beats Cal Poly to improve to 13-0
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:05 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State didn't look anything like the nation's 15th-ranked team for a long stretch of the first half against scrappy Cal Poly.

The Aztecs missed inside shots, had free throws clang off the rim and big man Yanni Wetzell and guard KJ Feagin air-balled 3-point shots.

And then the stunner: The Mustangs raced back from a 10-point deficit to take a 23-22 lead to hush the crowd at Viejas Arena.

That's when SDSU finally woke up. Wetzell started a 9-0 run that closed the first half and the Aztecs won 73-57 to continue their best start in nine seasons.

Malachi Flynn scored 14 points and Wetzell and Jordan Schakel added 12 points apiece for the Aztecs (13-0), who are one of three undefeated teams nationally.

"We played a bit lackadaisical," said Wetzell, a graduate transfer from Vanderbilt. "It was a close game with about two minutes to go in the half and then we realized we've really got to step it up a little bit. The energy picked up, the hustle picked up and we went into the half up seven or eight. We had a good halftime chat and came out firing in the second half."

SDSU remains on its hottest start since 2010-11, when it opened 20-0 behind Kawhi Leonard and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time before finishing 34-3. SDSU, Auburn and Liberty are the nation's only undefeated teams.

After leading just 31-23 at halftime, SDSU opened it up early in the first half. Flynn hit two long 3-pointers, including one that banked in, and Feagin also hit a shot from behind the arc. Wetzell, a New Zealander, made three close-in shots to help the Aztecs take a 50-31 lead.

Kyle Colvin scored 13 points and Junior Ballard had 12 for the Mustangs. Alimamy Koroma had 12 rebounds.

The Aztecs frittered away an early 18-8 lead and let the Mustangs go ahead 23-22 on Koroma's two free throws with 2:41 before halftime. The Mustangs also got 3-pointers by Colvin and Ballard in surprising the Aztecs.

SDSU turned it on in the final 1:40 to take a 31-23 halftime lead. After Matt Mitchell missed a 3-pointer, Koroma rebounded but Wetzell stole the ball and scored. Flynn and Schakel had layups before Mitchell followed Flynn's missed 3 with a slam dunk, was fouled and made the free throw.

Schakel said Wetzell's steal and basket "gave us a lot of energy. I heard the crowd get back into it. I think Yanni's play was the play for us that really got us going."

SDSU shot just 40 percent in the first half.

"I thought our energy was good, we just couldn't make a shot," coach Brian Dutcher said. "We had some open looks. We shared the ball, and when the ball's not going in all of a sudden it becomes a challenge. Cal Poly played physical. They played a very good first half, had a lead late in the first half and then we made some energy plays. We went on enough runs to build a comfortable lead in the second half and come out with a victory."

Despite the early struggles, Dutcher likes where the Aztecs are.

"I told them our goal was to have an undefeated December," he said. "We did that. So we've got to take great pleasure in that. We're going into the new year as one of two or three undefeated teams left in the country. It can't be all doom and gloom after a game where we don't play great basketball. We played good basketball but not great basketball."

SDSU forced a season-high 23 turnovers.

"I thought we got a little bit better, but we have to still understand the importance of taking care of the ball - 23 turnovers," Cal Poly coach John Smith said. "I know they're a great defensive team, but some of those were unforced. Trying to finish halves stronger; in the first half, we let them go on a 9-0 run and those types of things kill you and kill your momentum. We have to learn how to finish halves better."

Smith said the Mustangs followed the game and did what they could "to take away their strengths and we did it for about 18 minutes and then it fell apart."

He called it "an opportunity for us to showcase ourselves and just play basketball. That's what I talked about to the guys when we got down here. Nine-hour drive; be grateful we have a chance to play the No. 15-ranked team in front of a great crowd and have a chance to shut them up. That's what it's all about. Have fun with, learn from it."

BIG PICTURE

Cal Poly: The Mustangs have lost to two ranked teams this season after not facing a Top 25 team for four years. They lost 79-48 at then-No. 18 Saint Mary's on Nov. 17. Saint Mary's has since fallen out of the rankings.

SDSU: The Aztecs completed an undefeated non-conference schedule (11-0) for just the second time in the last 89 seasons. The highlights were wins at BYU, against Creighton and Iowa in a tournament in Las Vegas and against Utah at Staples Center in Los Angeles, which will boost the Aztecs' resume for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth in case they don't win the conference tournament and its automatic bid.

UP NEXT

Cal Poly hosts Vanguard on Friday in its final game before entering Big West play.

SDSU returns to Mountain West action when it hosts Fresno State on Wednesday. SDSU is 2-0 in the MWC, which started play this month because the conference tournament is a week earlier than normal.

Leaders

Cal Poly PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. McCarthy 0 0 0 3 0 0
J. Rice 0 0 1 0 0 0
San Diego State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Giordano 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Johnson 0 0 2 2 0 0

Team Comparison

CAPoly SDSU
Points For 57 73
Field Goals 18/52-35% 25/60-42%
Three Pointers 8/23-35% 6/27-22%
Free Throws 13/22-59% 17/27-63%
Offensive Rebounds 8 7
Defensive Rebounds 32 30
Rebounds 43 38
Blocks 2 3
Steals 8 11
Turnovers 23 11
Personal Fouls 26 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 28 CAPoly 57 @ SDSU 73 K. Smith 1 J. Barnett 1

Game Information

Stadium: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego, California
Attendance: 12,414
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