NCAAB Game Recap - San Diego State at Utah State
Sat Jan 4, 2020 10:00 PM EST

Pepp
70
Gonz
75
F
Duke
95
Mia-FL
62
F
WVU
53
Kansas
60
F
Oreg
69
Utah
64
F
Tex
44
Baylor
59
F
FlaSt
78
Lou
65
F
Aub
80
MisSt
68
F
UGA
65
Mem
62
F
Vill
60
Marq
71
F
Crei
57
Butl
71
F
SDSU
77
UtSt
68
F
Ind
59
MD
75
F
Mizzu
59
KY
71
F
VaTec
39
UVA
65
F
Iowa
86
PSU
89
F
OkSt
50
TxTch
85
F
Miss
54
WichSt
74
F
AzSt
47
Ariz
75
F
LSU
78
Tenn
64
F
Wake
69
Pitt
65
F
Akr
69
E MI
45
F
NCSU
70
Clem
81
F
Wyo
61
ColSt
72
F
KansSt
61
Okla
66
F
FaDi
77
Bry
73
F
Samf
78
VMI
75
F
UMassL
86
UMBC
73
F(OT)
WCU
86
Citad
82
F
Seatt
86
ChiSt
54
F
UConn
60
SoFL
75
F
Morg
81
DelSt
68
F
Prov
66
DeP
65
F
LongI
73
MtStM
82
F(2OT)
N TX
67
Marsh
64
F
UCIrv
73
Harv
77
F
UNH
52
Hartfo
61
F
GASt
72
CoCar
74
F
MiaO
82
CenMI
93
F
Winth
87
Campbl
72
F
NIU
73
Buff
72
F
TxSt
70
ArkSt
67
F
SthAL
49
ULMo
69
F
AbCh
74
Lamar
62
F
TexAr
89
ArkLR
92
F
USC-Up
73
Longw
56
F
Presb
68
GWebb
62
F
YSU
74
Clev
82
F
TNTec
72
MorSt
83
F
StFPA
93
CenCT
69
F
ETSU
56
Furm
65
F
Cin
71
Tul
76
F
ND
88
Syr
87
F
GaSo
72
App
74
F
MTSt
53
S UT
59
F
McNee
69
CenAR
79
F
IlSt
55
SIU
67
F
RobM
69
(N/A)
58
F
Albany
74
Bingha
62
F
Lib
65
NJIT
38
F
W&M
66
NE
64
F
MidTN
62
Charl
68
F
Elon
75
Hof
102
F
UTEP
56
FlAtl
59
F
JacSt
80
E KY
71
F
JMU
69
Charl
85
F
How
66
MD-ES
78
F
FlaAM
45
NCC
61
F
NFla
81
N AL
65
F
SeLA
84
TXAMC
80
F
Stetsn
57
KennSt
54
F
HiPt
62
Radf
73
F
Chat
70
Mercer
61
F
Ohio
65
W MI
77
F
SCSt
79
Copp
75
F
TN-M
63
APSU
82
F
USD
63
SCla
80
F
Rice
61
W Ky
68
F
SoMis
50
LaTec
78
F
PorSt
69
E WA
71
F
W IL
56
SDSt
91
F
E IL
55
Belm
87
F
ArkPB
80
MsVl
76
F
(N/A)
75
CSNor
109
F
IaSt
79
TCU
81
F(OT)
GaTec
96
UNC
83
F
Bois
66
Nev
83
F
Web
64
NoAZ
72
F
IndSt
76
Drake
80
F
Alab
98
Fla
104
F(2OT)
SIU-E
74
TNSt
79
F
AlSt
67
JackSt
70
F
ChaSo
85
Hamp
92
F
Alc
70
PVAM
84
F
BethC
72
Norf
85
F
Nich
70
SamH
58
F
AlaAM
60
Gram
70
F
Lipsco
61
FlGlf
68
F
UNCG
92
Woff
98
F(2OT)
UCLA
71
WaSt
79
F(OT)
SJSU
64
Fres
79
F
Valpa
81
Evans
79
F(OT)
TexAM
59
Ark
69
F
SacHr
81
Wagn
74
F
Princ
78
Penn
64
F
UAB
52
OlDom
58
F
Tows
67
UNCW
60
F
TexSA
83
FlInt
90
F(OT)
SFA
87
NOrl
68
F
CSLA
60
LongB
76
F
SDCh
51
UCRiv
89
F
Oral
67
NebOm
74
F
Troy
62
ULLa
79
F
Brad
64
NrthIA
69
F
UtVal
63
UMKC
68
F
MOSt
58
LoyIL
62
F
SEMO
59
Murr
81
F
Mont
66
N CO
74
F
LoyMa
38
BYU
63
F
SMU
92
Vand
81
F(OT)
South
68
TXSo
77
F
GrCan
62
CSBak
69
F
NMSt
86
CBap
71
F
USF
65
Portl
76
F
StMar
99
Pacif
107
F(4OT)
AF
59
UNLV
71
F
IdaSt
49
Sac
68
F

Jan 4, 2020, 10:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(13) San Diego State (15-0)

34

43

77

Utah State (13-4)

27

41

68

No. 13 San Diego State beats Utah State to improve to 15-0
Sun Jan 5, 2020 2:00 AM

LOGAN, Utah (AP) Stout defense is a cornerstone of success for San Diego State this season. It certainly helped the No. 13 Aztecs extend their unbeaten start in a tough road environment.

Malachi Flynn scored 22 points, Matt Mitchell added 19 and San Diego State beat Utah State 77-68 on Saturday night to improve to 15-0. The Aztecs own the nation's longest winning streak. Auburn is the only other undefeated Division I team.

San Diego State shut down the Aggies on the perimeter, forced turnovers at key times and controlled the tempo on offense.

"We came in here and we were strong," Mitchell said. "Stronger together is what we preach. Five fingers on a hand. If you're missing a finger, you can't really make a fist. It's not effective."

San Diego State (15-0, 4-0 Mountain West) snapped the Aggies' 15-game home winning streak and beat them for the 12th time in the last 14 meetings. The Aztecs shot 51% from the field and scored 13 points off 11 turnovers.

Sam Merrill had 26 points and Neemias Queta added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Aggies. Utah State (13-4, 2-2) lost back-to-back games for the first time since coach Craig Smith took over the program before the start of the 2018-19 season.

"We played good. San Diego State just played better," Queta said. "Hats off to them. They hit big shots whenever they needed to."

Consecutive 3-pointers from Flynn and Mitchell sparked a 10-1 run that helped the Aztecs take a 21-12 lead with 7:18 left in the first half. Flynn's outside basket barely beat the shot-clock buzzer before a media timeout. Utah State enabled the run by going more than five minutes without scoring.

San Diego State made six straight baskets to stay in front after the Aggies started to hit shots. Trey Pulliam capped the stretch with a jumper to give the Aztecs their largest first-half lead at 34-23.

Many of their first-half baskets came after executing high ball screens to perfection. San Diego State forced Utah State to defend late into the shot clock on possession after possession.

"The beauty with the ball screens was, in the past, we might have shot it off of them all the time," Aztecs coach Brian Dutcher said. "This time I thought we really got in there and we probed and we moved it."

The Aztecs eventually built a 16-point lead early in the second half, going up 53-37 when Jordan Schakel buried a 3-pointer to cap a string of three straight San Diego State baskets. Queta went to the bench for a long stretch early in the half, making it tough for Utah State to keep it close, after picking up three personal fouls in less than three minutes.

Diogo Brito and Merrill nailed successive 3s after Queta returned to spark a 12-3 run. Queta finished it off with a dunk that cut the Aztecs' lead to 56-49.

Mitchell scored back-to-back baskets to keep the Aggies from getting closer. They helped San Diego State open a 63-50 lead with 5:41 left.

"They made us pay and that's what great teams do," Smith said. "I'm proud of our effort. We played our tails off. We had some good looks, they just didn't fall. We have to get that shored up. We've got to bounce back."

QUETA RETURNS

After missing two games with an injury he sustained against Florida, Queta returned to the lineup for Utah State. He ended up playing a season-high 30 minutes and had his first double-double of the season. The sophomore 7-footer did not start working out individually until Wednesday when the Aggies played UNLV. His quick return to the starting lineup Saturday was a surprise.

"This was a last-second deal today where he got cleared," Smith said. "Literally an hour and a half before game time."

HOARDING BOARDS

San Diego State outrebounded Utah State 34-30 and had four players with at least five rebounds. Mitchell led the way with a team-high seven. The Aztecs have finished with more rebounds than 11 of their 15 opponents this season.

"I thought we did a pretty good job on the glass to finish possessions," Dutcher said.

BIG PICTURE

San Diego State: As they have done all season, the Aztecs rose to the occasion at critical junctures on both ends of the court. They forced numerous contested looks at the basket and answered Utah State rallies with timely field goals.

Utah State: The Aggies struggled in a pair of key offensive areas en route to their second straight loss. Utah State missed several early free throws before halftime and shot just 6 of 23 from 3-point range.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

San Diego State is in the mix to move into the Top 10 after picking up a key road victory in Mountain West play.

UP NEXT

San Diego State: At Wyoming on Wednesday night.

Utah State: At Air Force on Tuesday night.

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Leaders

San Diego State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Seiko 0 0 0 2 0 0
J. Mensah 0 0 0 0 0 0
Utah State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Dorius 0 0 0 1 0 1
A. Anderson 0 0 1 0 0 0

Team Comparison

SDSU UtSt
Points For 77 68
Field Goals 27/53-51% 23/54-43%
Three Pointers 9/20-45% 6/23-26%
Free Throws 14/17-82% 16/24-67%
Offensive Rebounds 7 9
Defensive Rebounds 27 21
Rebounds 37 31
Blocks 2 5
Steals 5 7
Turnovers 14 11
Personal Fouls 20 16
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 Jan 4 SDSU 77 @ UtSt 68 N. Narain 2 B. Miller 2

Game Information

Stadium: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah
Attendance: 10,017
Game Time: