Jan. 13, 2018
San Diego State Men's Basketball Postgame Notes - at Boise State
San Diego State Postgame Notes – at Boise State
Records: San Diego State (11-5; 3-2 MW); Boise State (15-3; 4-1 MW)
Next Game: Wednesday, Jan. 17, vs. Fresno State, 8 p.m. PT | ESPNU | 101.5 KGB, XTRA Sports 1360, Fox Sports IE 1350
Look Ahead Note: Four of the last five games between FSU-SDSU have been decided by five points or less or in overtime.
San Diego State’s three-game winning streak was snapped in an 83-80 loss at Boise State.
The Broncos improve to 10-0 at home this season. Entering tonight’s game, heir average margin of victory for Boise at Taco Bell Arena was 23.9 points.
San Diego State overcame an 11-point deficit in the first half. It was the third double-digit deficit overcome this season.
The Aztecs had 15 assists, giving them 40 in their last two games. It is the highest two-game total of the season, outpacing the 39-assist effort vs. McNeese (18) and Eastern Illinois (21).
SDSU had fewer than 10 turnovers (8) for the fifth time this season and for the second straight game. It was the first time it has had single-digit turnovers in back-to-back games this season.
San Diego State had only two turnovers in the final 28:25 of the game.
SDSU missed just two free throws, going 10-for-12 from the line. It marked the second time this season and second time in as many games the Aztecs have missed two or fewer free throws in a game (SDSU was 7-for-9 vs. SJSU).
San Diego State’s three freshmen – Jalen McDaniels, Matt Mitchell and Jordan Schakel – combined to score 35 points, on 15-of-22 shooting from the field, and added nine rebounds. The trio combined to play 76 minutes.
San Diego State had a season-high seven dunks in the game (Pope 4, Mitchell 2, McDaniels).
Since Feb. 29, 2012, San Diego State owns a 3-4 record at Taco Bell Arena. The rest of the country is 9-70.
Nine of the last 13 games between the teams have been decided by six points or less.
Boise State has played in front of 10 home crowd of 10,000 fans or more during the Leon Rice tenure (currently in his eighth season). Four of those have been against San Diego State.
When Boise State plays at SDSU on Feb. 27, it will mark exactly two years since the Broncos traveled to Viejas Arena for a road game San Diego State. That day, it will have been 731 days since the teams last played in San Diego.
Devin Watson – 19 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists
Scored at least 10 points for the 12th time this season (54th career)… Reached double figures in scoring for the sixth straight game, equaling a season high… Led the team in scoring for the seventh time this season… Recorded his fifth game this season with at least six assists… Led the team in assists for the sixth time… Fell one assist shy of matching his career high…. Made a season-high four three-pointers and attempted a season-high eight.
Malik Pope – 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists
Reached the double-digit scoring plateau for the 10th time this season (39th career)… Has 35 points in his last two games (17.5 ppg)… Led the team in rebounding for the fifth time this season (27th career)… Made eight field goals for the second straight game, going 8-for-10 vs. SJSU and 8-for-11 tonight.
Jalen McDaniels – 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blocked shot, 2 steals
Posted his seventh double-figure scoring game and his fourth straight… Has had at least 13 points in each of his last four games… Had a team-high-tying two steals, giving him at least one steal in a career-long three straight games (8 total steals)… Had multiple steals in three straight games and four in his last six games (11 total steals).
Matt Mitchell – 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Posted his ninth double-digit scoring game of the year and his first since the Mountain West opener at Wyoming… Knocked down six shots, his second-highest total of the season and his most since making 10 vs. Eastern Illinois… Has at least one steal in eight straight games (11 total steals).
Jordan Schakel – 6 points
Was 2-for-2 from three-point distance… The two treys tied a career high… Has made two three-pointers in two straight games… Has five three-pointers in his last three games, his highest three-game total of his career… Played 14 turnover free minutes tonight and now has one turnover in his last 110 minutes.