NCAAB Game Recap - Colorado State at San Diego State
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:00 PM EST

KansSt
66
Baylor
85
F
Dayt
62
GMas
55
F
ColSt
60
SDSU
66
F
Duke
101
Wake
113
F(2OT)
KY
69
TexAM
60
F
Miss
58
Aub
67
F
Iowa
70
MSU
78
F
TxTch
51
Okla
65
F
TCU
59
IaSt
65
F
DeP
67
Xav
78
F
Buff
69
Ohio
80
F
MiaO
61
Kent
74
F
NIU
73
E MI
71
F
LaSal
49
David
74
F
Toled
93
CenMI
81
F
Akr
60
BGSU
78
F
W MI
61
Ball
71
F
MOSt
74
Valpa
89
F
Drake
60
LoyIL
64
F
Tul
57
Tuls
62
F
Mem
53
SMU
58
F
Nev
73
Wyo
68
F
Clem
59
GaTec
68
F
Alab
73
MisSt
80
F
NCSU
79
UNC
85
F
SJSU
56
UtSt
94
F

Feb 25, 2020, 11:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Colorado State (19-11)

36

24

60

(5) San Diego State (27-1)

34

32

66

Flynn, No. 5 San Diego State rally to beat Rams 66-60
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:21 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) Malachi Flynn and the No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs were out-of-sorts for the second straight game, with a second consecutive loss on their home floor appearing likely.

Then the Aztecs' rediscovered their lockdown defense and Flynn found his shot to provide a wild finish.

The junior transfer scored 10 of San Diego State's last 17 points and the Aztecs rallied from a seven-point deficit to beat Colorado State 66-60 Tuesday night and rebound from their only loss.

Flynn finished with 17 points for SDSU (27-1, 16-1 Mountain West) after scoring just two points in the first half.

"I just think as a group. we don't want to lose," Flynn said. "We definitely didn't want to lose two in a row so we just buckled down on the defensive end, started getting stops and then people made shots."

The Aztecs trailed 56-49 with 8:22 left before going on a 13-0 run. Jordan Schakel hit a put-back and Flynn a 3-pointer before Schakel hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:50 left, making it 57-56.

SDSU's 13-0 run over 5 minutes, 17 seconds gave it a 62-56 lead.

"Malachi struggled today shooting, but then he ducked under a couple of screens," coach Brian Dutcher said. "He could have missed 12 shots but I knew he was going to take them at the end. He's wired like that. You have to have short memory in basketball."

Dutcher praised SDSU's defense.

"There are games where we're spectacular offensively, and those are the games we win by 10, 12 points," he said. "But these are the ones that matter there most, the ones where you're not at your best offensively but you find a way to win because the defense is so good. We played really elite defense in the second half."

CSU coach Niko Medved agreed.

"Obviously they are an elite defensive team. They really ramped up their defensive intensity and we kind of struggled to execute. We had a couple of key turnovers and they have shot-makers.

"I thought we did a nice job defensively and I think they numbers prove that out. But in that stretch we weren't able to capitalize. We had a couple of good looks for good shooters that didn't go in at the end."

The Aztecs were out-of-sync for much of the game and once again took poor shots. But unlike Saturday night, when their furious rally fell short against UNLV, they were able to get the lead and keep it.

Matt Mitchell scored 15 and Schakel 11.

Nico Carvacho scored 17 for CSU ((19-11, 10-7) and Isaiah Stevens had 12.

Carvacho made a layup and Kendle Moore two free throws to pull the Rams to 62-60. Mitchell missed a 3 and then Stevens missed a shot, with SDSU's Yanni Wetzell tying up Carvacho, with SDSU getting the passion.

Mitchell and Flynn each made two free throws in the final nine seconds.

SDSU had been the nation's last unbeaten team before its school-record 26-game winning streak was snapped in a 66-63 home loss to UNLV on Saturday night. The Aztecs had clinched the MWC regular-season title with four games to play.

The Rams came out fired up and surprised the Aztecs with a 12-0 run early in the first half to overcome a nine-point deficit and take a 14-11 lead.

SDSU seemed content to launch 3-pointers and not try to get inside, even when 6-foot-11 CSU center Nico Carvacho was out of the game. The Aztecs made only 6 of 17 from behind the arc in the first half.

The Aztecs pulled to 35-34 when Mitchell finally drove the lane and scored and was fouled, but he missed the free throw. Dischon Thomas made one of two free throws for the Rams to make it 36-34 at halftime.

Dutcher said the close games should help the Aztecs, who have been projected as the No. 1 seed in the East for the NCAA Tournament.

"You've got to win close games in the tournaments. We haven't had a lot of close games. We lost our last one which was a close game. Whether it's the Mountain West Tournament in a week or the NCAA Tournament in a couple of weeks, they're going to be close games."

BIG PICTURE

Colorado State: The Rams have rebounded nicely since losing their first three MWC games, including 79-57 against SDSU at Fort Collins on Dec. 4. They had won 10 of 13 coming into this game.

San Diego State: The Aztecs honored KJ Feagin, Wetzell and Nolan Narain on Senior Night. Feagin (Santa Clara) and Wetzell (Vanderbilt) are graduate transfers.

UP NEXT

Colorado State hosts Air Force in a regular-season finale Saturday.

San Diego State ends the regular season at Nevada on Saturday night.

Leaders

Colorado State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Thistlewood 0 0 0 2 1 1
J. Tonje 0 0 0 1 0 0
San Diego State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Flynn 17 0 4 6 0 0
M. Mitchell 15 0 2 5 1 1

Team Comparison

ColSt SDSU
Points For 60 66
Field Goals 21/53-40% 19/54-35%
Three Pointers 5/20-25% 11/33-33%
Free Throws 13/17-76% 17/20-85%
Offensive Rebounds 7 8
Defensive Rebounds 29 26
Rebounds 38 37
Blocks 2 3
Steals 6 8
Turnovers 14 12
Personal Fouls 18 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Dec 4 SDSU 79 @ ColSt 57 A. Arop 2 D. Thomas 2
Tue Feb 25 ColSt 60 @ SDSU 66 K. Martin 2 N. Narain 3

Game Information

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