San Diego State Clinch Conference Title
San Diego State Buries New Mexico In Second Half
Matt Mitchell Leads Aztecs Over Lobos
San Diego State moves to 25-0.
The Aztecs got great news early in the first half of their game with the New Mexico Lobos. Utah State had beaten Colorado State, meaning that a win over the Lobos meant an outright Mountain West regular season championship with four games to go. Well the Aztecs did just that as they defeated New Mexico by a score of 82-59.
The first half was a sloppy affair for both teams. New Mexico shot a good 45.2% from the field, but turnovers allowed the Aztecs to stay in the game. San Diego State on the other hand shot 39.4% from the field, but missed a ton of three-point shots early that got them behind the Lobos.
New Mexico’s inability to take care of the ball and San Diego State’s propensity to take three point shots made the first half an ugly affair. Unfortunately for the Lobos the Aztecs found themselves up two at the break, something that did not bode well for the visitors.
Like they have done all year long, San Diego State took control of the game and put the game out of reach. Right out of the gate the Aztecs went on a 9-2 run to extend the two point half time lead to nine. From there the Lobos were essentially taken out of the game and were unable to keep up with the hot shooting Aztecs.
San Diego State’s defense frustrated the Lobos in the second half, holding them 26.5% shooting from the field, while they got hot. The Aztecs shot 51.6% from the field in the second half and demoralized New Mexico until the final buzzer sounded.
Vante Hendrix was the only Lobo in double figures, scoring 20 points and and collecting four steals off the bench.
San Diego State had four players in double figures, led by Matt Mitchell who scored a game high 22 points. In the game Mitchell also scored his 1000th career point. Yanni Wetzell finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, missing a double-double by a single board. Malachi Flynn chipped in