NCAAB Game Recap - Air Force at San Diego State
Thu Mar 5, 2020 2:30 PM EST

AF
60
SDSU
73
F
ChaSo
48
Radf
62
F
Leh
70
Colg
83
F
Stetsn
62
Lib
66
F
USC-Up
70
Winth
106
F
Buck
64
Amer
59
F
Lipsco
73
NFla
71
F
NM
70
UtSt
75
F
UNCA
62
GWebb
72
F
Navy
63
Boston
69
F
Oakl
63
WIGB
78
F
E IL
65
APSU
76
F
Wyo
74
Nev
71
F
Bois
67
UNLV
61
F
Lafy
73
Army
68
F
TNSt
48
E KY
58
F
YSU
61
IL-C
67
F
Hamp
78
Longw
53
F
Evans
55
Valpa
58
F
Portl
62
SCla
76
F
IlSt
65
Drake
75
F
LoyMa
75
USD
61
F
Cal
56
Oreg
90
F
Ill
63
OhSt
71
F
Hou
71
UConn
77
F
Nebras
58
Mich
82
F
NCAT
80
NCC
86
F
DelSt
100
How
88
F
Copp
63
MD-ES
60
F
Norf
68
Morg
62
F
FlaAM
70
BethC
72
F(OT)
PVAM
71
Alc
80
F
JackSt
71
AlSt
59
F
TXSo
74
South
89
F
WichSt
60
Mem
68
F
Stan
65
OrSt
68
F
UMKC
61
UtVal
51
F
CBap
50
NMSt
83
F
S UT
65
MTSt
73
F
N CO
71
Mont
64
F
Wash
90
AzSt
83
F
IdaSt
77
E WA
100
F
Gram
57
AlaAM
58
F
Web
72
Ida
64
F
HI
67
UCDav
65
F
CS-Ful
53
UCSB
55
F
CAPoly
73
LongB
80
F(OT)
NoAZ
66
PorSt
80
F
WaSt
62
Ariz
83
F
ChiSt
Seatt
Canc

Mar 5, 2020, 2:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(9) Air Force (12-20)

37

23

60

(1) San Diego State (29-1)

33

40

73

No. 5 San Diego State shakes off Air Force scare, 73-60
Thu Mar 5, 2020 6:24 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) Jordan Schakel’s teammates kept telling him to shoot. San Diego State needed every basket to avoid a major upset.

Schakel scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as the fifth-ranked Aztecs rallied for a 73-60 win over Air Force in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament on Thursday.

Schakel, who shot 1 of 5 in the first half, hit four 3-pointers in the second half for the top-seeded Aztecs (29-1), who rode a 21-3 run to their 13th consecutive quarterfinal victory.

“Nothing different happened,” Schakel said. “I just had to keep shooting. My teammates continued to keep finding me and believing in me, so I thank them for that.”

Yanni Wetzell and Malachi Flynn had 16 points each for San Diego State, which is hoping to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. After surviving the scare from Air Force, SDSU plays the winner of Boise State-UNLV in the semifinals.

Flynn, the Mountain West’s player of the year and defensive player of the year, had three steals, seven rebounds and eight assists to offset a 4-of-10 shooting performance.

AJ Walker scored 18 points for Air Force (12-20), which advanced by beating Fresno State on Wednesday. Walker came off a 24-point game against the Bulldogs.

“It’s Thursday, but it felt like a Saturday championship game the way the two teams played and slugged at each other,” Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich said. “We were good today. We did some really good things.”

Seniors Caleb Morris (12 points) and Sid Tomes (10 points) were the other Falcons in double figures.

“Credit to them,” Tomes said. “That’s why they’re ranked so high in the country."

Air Force shot 60% in the first half in part to Walker, who scored 14 points in the first half. His 3-pointer with 39.2 seconds left preserved a 37-33 halftime lead for the Falcons.

“I have a very coachable team,” Aztecs coach Brian Dutcher said. “I’ve told them I’m tired of teams shooting over 50% on us in the first half. So they let Air Force shoot 60. They followed my instructions.”

Flynn attributed Air Force’s start to making tough shots.

“A lot of the shots were just good shots on their part,” he said. “We have to give credit where credit is due.”

But the Falcons shot just 27.3% in the second, opening the door for the Aztecs.

Air Force took a 44-39 lead on Morris’ 3-pointer. After a dunk from Wetzell, Schakel then hit back-to-back 3s that gave San Diego State its first lead since early in the first half.

“To be a shooter, you have to have extreme confidence,” Schakel said. “I think everyone on this team has extreme confidence."

Matt Mitchell hit San Diego State’s fifth 3 of the half for a 60-47 lead with 7:05 remaining, capping off the run.

Air Force went on a 9-2 run to make it 62-56 with 3:46 remaining, but the Aztecs went on a 9-4 stretch capped off by Schakel’s fourth 3 of the half to make it 71-60.

“They had their run, and they played like their season was on the line,” Wetzell said. “We do definitely have to get off to a better start.”

SLOW START

San Diego State went 1 of 6 to begin the game, but responded by making 6 of 7 to take a 19-17 lead on a 3-pointer from Adam Seiko. Flynn was 1 of 3, while Aztecs leading scorer KJ Feagin was 2 of 5 in the first half.

HISTORICAL MISMATCH

San Diego State improved to 33-15 all-time in the Mountain West tournament, while Air Force is 0-17 in quarterfinal games.

COMING UP CLUTCH

Schakel’s five 3-pointers tied a career high set against BYU on Nov. 19, 2019.

DIFFERENCE IN 3S

Air Force was 7 of 13 from 3 in the first half, but went 3 for 11 in the second half. San Diego State shot 6 of 12 from distance in the second half after making 5 of 14 in the first 20 minutes.

“We made some shots early, and when you do that, that basket becomes twice as big and it opens up a lot,” Pilipovich said. “Then you know it’s probably not going to continue that way, but the first half was emotional for us. It just fell into our lap a little bit.”

UP NEXT

San Diego State: Plays either Boise State or UNLV on Friday.

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Leaders

Air Force PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Kinrade 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Vander Zwaag 0 0 0 0 0 0
San Diego State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Schakel 17 0 0 4 0 0
Y. Wetzell 16 0 0 3 1 2

Team Comparison

AF SDSU
Points For 60 73
Field Goals 21/47-45% 26/52-50%
Three Pointers 10/24-42% 11/26-42%
Free Throws 8/10-80% 10/12-83%
Offensive Rebounds 4 6
Defensive Rebounds 21 23
Rebounds 26 31
Blocks 0 2
Steals 7 8
Turnovers 15 11
Personal Fouls 16 16
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 Feb 8 SDSU 89 @ AF 74 A. Seiko 3 A. Walker 2
Thu Mar 5 AF 60 @ SDSU 73 C. Joyce 3 T. Pulliam 2

Game Information

Stadium: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance: 0
Game Time: