Men's Basketball and Washington State to Play for Wooden Legacy Title
Nov. 25, 2017
FULLERTON, Calif. -
NEWS AND NOTES
* The Aztecs won their fourth straight game, rallying from a 12-point first-half deficit to defeat Georgia, which was receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The win upped SDSU’s record to 15-2 in 8-team in-season tournaments since 2008-09. San Diego State also improved to 5-0 all-time in the Wooden Legacy.
* SDSU, which played Sacramento State on Thursday night with a 10 p.m. PT start, returned to down the Bulldogs with less than 24 hours to prepare. The Aztecs improved to 18-2 over their last 20 regular-season games in such situations.
* San Diego State has performed well in 8-team in-season tournaments since 2008-09. Sunday’s championship game appearance will mark its sixth in six tries. Last season alone, the Aztecs captured the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.
* SDSU dismissed Georgia thanks to a balanced attack. Four Aztecs scored at least 11 points, led by Devin Watson’s 16 to go with his four assists. The junior is averaging 14.0 points and 3.0 assists, and has committed just two turnovers at the Wooden Legacy.
* Trey Kell scored in double figures for the fifth straight game, registering 13 points and game-high numbers in rebounding (9) and assists (5) vs. the Bulldogs. In a career-high 38 minutes, the senior committed zero turnovers.
* Jalen McDaniels has enjoyed a breakout performance over the course of the first two days of the Wooden Legacy. The redshirt freshman followed his 8-point, 13-rebound effort vs. Sacramento State with a career-high 11 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes vs. Georgia. McDaniels is the tournament leader with an 11.5 rebounding average.
* Matt Mitchell has continued to be productive as he finished with 13 points vs. the Bulldogs. The true freshman knocked down a three-pointer with 2:44 left to propel SDSU to a four-point lead. The triple was a part of a 9-0 run that gave the Aztecs a 72-64 cushion with 1:42 to play. Since starting his career going 0-for-10 from three-point distance, covering three games, Mitchell has responded by making 10 of his last 22 attempts from deep.
* As a team, San Diego State did the little things to down Georgia. The Aztecs committed a season-low five turnovers, which led to just two Bulldog points. SDSU outrebounded UGA, 48-44, and pulled down 18 offensive rebounds, and it outshot the Bulldogs from the free-throw line (SDSU: 22-27; UGA: 12-17).
* All of the above helped SDSU pick up its first win over a current SEC school since Dec. 21, 1985, when it beat Florida in Las Vegas.
* The Aztecs will look to post another first on Sunday as they have never beaten Washington State. SDSU is 0-5 all-time vs. the Cougars, but has not faced WSU since Dec. 21, 2006, in Seattle.
* San Diego State has had success vs. members of the Pac-12 Conference recently despite falling at Arizona State, which is 6-0 this season, earlier this month in Tempe. SDSU is 16-8 in its last 24 vs. current members of the Pac-12 and 17-9 since the start of the 2009-10 season.
* The game vs. the Cougars is the last of a five-games-in-10-days stretch for the Aztecs. San Diego State has gone unscathed, going 4-0 in the process.