NCAAB Game Recap - San Diego State at Boise State
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:00 PM EST

SDSU
72
Bois
55
F
Vill
76
Temp
56
F
Utah
62
Oreg
80
F
Iowa
58
Minn
55
F
Cin
70
ECU
67
F(OT)
Monm
72
Niag
77
F
Ind
65
Mich
89
F
Albany
66
Maine
60
F
Maris
70
Iona
78
F
Tul
57
WichSt
82
F
Duques
59
Ford
54
F
IL-C
73
NoKY
43
F
IUPUI
66
WriSt
106
F
Fairf
44
StPet
61
F
Manh
52
Sien
65
F
Colg
80
LoyMD
84
F
Mem
61
UConn
64
F
IPFW
64
SDSt
75
F
Evans
80
Drake
85
F
Quin
63
Rider
79
F
MOSt
71
IndSt
58
F
Denv
62
NebOm
85
F
NCSU
68
BC
71
F
AzSt
80
Cal
75
F

Feb 16, 2020, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(4) San Diego State (26-0)

40

32

72

Boise State (17-10)

26

29

55

No. 4 SD State beats Boise State 72-55, remains undefeated
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:29 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) No. 4 San Diego State keeps winning, forcing coach Brian Dutcher to dig deep for creative ways to keep his team focused.

After the Aztecs beat Boise State 72-55 Sunday, he revealed some of his slogans that keep the team on task.

"Early in the year, we had five games in eleven days, so we were like, `Let's win five in eleven,"' Dutcher said. "And then we had five games the entire month of December, so we said, `Let's win five in December.' And we did it. I told our team they don't hang a banner for twenty wins, so we hung a banner with four to go."

His mantra changed after San Diego State (26-0, 15-0 Mountain West) wrapped up the conference regular season title, though his message hasn't.

"I told our team, `Let's get greedy. Let's play for perfection,"' Dutcher said. "If we're this close, we might as well play for a perfect regular season. Why not win three straight as a mini-goal to chase something other than seeding in the tournament? Let's do something special."

The Aztecs, which own the nation's longest active winning streak, looked special in handling a Bronco squad that hadn't lost a home conference game since Feb. 27, 2019.

Malachi Flynn scored 22 points and dished out six assists to lead San Diego State in scoring, joined by all four of the team's starters in double digits. Yanni Wetzell added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Boise State (17-10, 9-6) struggled to find any rhythm on offense and finished the game shooting 41.2% from the field.

"They wanted it," Boise State coach Leon Rice said of his team. "It's not like they didn't show up either. They wanted it too much in some ways and let it get away."

After wrapping up the Mountain West regular season title on Tuesday with a victory over New Mexico State, San Diego State didn't show any signs of let down.

The Aztecs went on an 8-2 run to close out the first half and take a 40-26 lead into the locker room.

Justinian Jessup led the Broncos with 22 points, while Derrick Alston added 12.

All five of San Diego State's starters finished with double figures in scoring.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Since moving up to No. 4 in the poll on Jan. 20, the Aztecs haven't been able to climb up any further. And that won't change after the three teams ahead of them - Baylor, Gonzaga, and Kansas - kept winning this week. However, Kansas and Baylor clash on Saturday, which could give San Diego State a chance to push even higher next week if it continues its winning ways.

BIG PICTURE

With San Diego State's tournament all but booked, the Aztecs continue to build their case for a top seed. And Sunday's victory kept that possibility alive. Their weak schedule - one that only has two wins over teams currently ranked - means an undefeated regular season is the only path for a No. 1 seed, but a very realistic one.

Boise State's long shot hopes of earning an at-large bid hinged on pulling the upset at home. Now the Broncos' tournament fate rests on making a run in the Mountain West tournament next month.

UP NEXT

San Diego State hosts UNLV on Saturday.

Boise State travels to San Jose Sate on Wednesday.

Leaders

San Diego State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Pulliam 0 0 1 1 1 0
M. Flynn 22 0 6 6 3 0
Boise State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Jessup 22 0 1 4 0 0
D. Alston Jr. 12 0 2 3 0 0

Team Comparison

SDSU Bois
Points For 72 55
Field Goals 30/54-56% 21/51-41%
Three Pointers 9/24-38% 10/26-38%
Free Throws 3/4-75% 3/5-60%
Offensive Rebounds 5 8
Defensive Rebounds 22 19
Rebounds 28 28
Blocks 0 1
Steals 11 6
Turnovers 8 15
Personal Fouls 7 11
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - SDSU Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 11 Bois 65 @ SDSU 83 R. Jorch 4 A. Seiko 2
Sun Feb 16 SDSU 72 @ Bois 55 A. Kigab 2

Game Information

Stadium: ExtraMile Arena, Boise, Idaho
Attendance: 10,651
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