Men’s Basketball 26-Game Win Streak Snapped

San Diego State men’s basketball team had their 26 game winning streak snapped on Saturday at Viejas arena. The Runnin’ Rebels stunned the Aztecs 66-63.

“We tasted defeat for the first time and it doesn’t taste very good,” Head coach Brian Dutcher said.

In the final seconds, junior Matt Mitchell shot near half court and it missed. It would’ve sent the game into overtime.

“This one loss is a reality check.” Mitchell said, “It shows we’re not invincible.”

Mitchell finished with 13 points on 37.5% shooting.

SDSU men’s basketball led for less than two minutes the entire game, it was their cold shooting in the first half which put them too far behind.

They shot 33% in the first half and 2-for-12 from three point range.

“UNLV played a very good first half.” Dutcher said, “They shot 57% from the field, almost 50% from three and created a big enough lead where they got comfortable.”

The Aztecs were averaging 74.3 points per game when playing conference opponents like the Runnin’ Rebels, but today their offense was stagnant.

Junior Malachi Flynn led the Aztecs in points, assists and rebounds, but even his late game heroics weren’t enough on Saturday.

With just over two minutes remaining, Flynn hit a three pointer and it cut the UNLV lead to six. He then made two free throws and cut the lead to only four. 

After Flynn’s late game free throws, sophomore Aguek Arop blocked a Runnin’ Rebel layup and then scored a layup on the other side of the floor.

It brought the Aztecs within just two points. 

The Aztecs were forced to intentionally foul and it sent Elijah Mitrou-Long to the line and he didn’t miss. Mitrou-Long shot 78% from the line and hit timely free-throws down the stretch. 

On SDSU’s next possession Flynn hit another three pointer and it made the game 64-63, Rebels.

However Mitrou-Long was intentionally fouled yet again and he hit two more free throws to nearly ice the game.

“We lost and it’s the first time it happened,” Flynn said, “It doesn’t feel good.”

As for the Aztecs and their ranking, this loss will likely drop them from No. 4 in the nation. 

“Time will tell, we’ll see soon enough.” Dutcher said. “We have to get off it, we have to win our next game and we have to keep winning games. The only thing we can control is our own performance. We can’t control where people decide to put us in the poll.”

The Aztecs didn’t get the production they are used to from Yanni Wetzell. The big man shot 1-for-6 from the free throw line and scored only seven points.

Senior KJ Feagin also struggled to find the bottom of the net. He only scored five points and shot 25% from the field. It was a night where the Aztecs shot 29% from three and 38.9% for the game.

They’ll play again at Viejas Arena for senior night on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.

Written by: Daniel Farr

SDSU Lacrosse Wins Home Opener

San Diego State’s lacrosse team played their first home game of the 2020 campaign on Thursday afternoon against Arizona State University. The Aztecs won a thrilling back and forth game 19-18. 

Freshman Camdyn O’Donnell tied the game at 18 for the Aztecs, then with less than a minute remaining, she scored the game-winning goal. O’Donnell finished with four goals and three assists on Thursday. 

“We were going back and forth,” O’Donnell said. “My teammates had trust in me and that put confidence in myself.”

SDSU started the game down 3-0, but ended up taking the lead 4-3. Later, SDSU trailed 9-6 and 10-8 at halftime. 

“I think we played it close in the first half to our gameplan.” Head coach Kylee White said. “We really were missing some key things and that’s what we re-visited at halftime.” 

Out of the halftime break, the Aztecs scored four unanswered goals and led 12-10. However, the Sun Devils would not go down quietly.

 Led by red-shirt senior Kerri Clayton, ASU retook a 14-12 lead. Then led 18-16 with only two minutes left in the game. Clayton finished with six goals and three assists. 

“We wanted to push her [Clayton] under instead of letting her get open and take the shot she was scoring on.” White said, “We wanted to make them pass a little more. We needed to help a lot more.”

The Aztecs responded yet again, scoring three unanswered goals to finish off their home-opener. Senior Emily Resnick scored the teams 17th goal and O’Donnell finished the off the job.

“They gutted it out.” White said, “Home-opener is great, but that’s not what i’m thinking about. To win a back and forth battle and where it comes down to the end and they gutted it out, that’s the most exciting part of it.”

SDSU Junior Lexi Tan scored six goals on six shots and opened up the field for her teammates.

“It was all my teammates, they were passing to me.” Tan said, “I just looked and it was wideopen.” 

The Aztecs will have a difficult schedule, likely facing five nationally ranked teams during the 2020 campaign. 

SDSU lacrosse now sits at 1-1, with their one loss coming against Stanford University.

“The team that showed up today has to be the same on Sunday.” White said. “Just because USC is ranked shouldn’t change the way we play. We need to go in there feeling that way instead of the way we started against Stanford.”

Written by: Daniel Farr

SDSU Baseball Wins Home Opener

San Diego State baseball opened their home schedule with a 8-4 win against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs now sit at 3-1.

“It was an ugly win, we made six errors.” Head baseball coach Mark Martinez said,  “The one thing we understand is good teams win ugly.”

We witnessed a back and forth affair until junior outfielder Matt Rudick stole second and senior outfielder Mike Jarvis stole home, which gave the Aztecs a 5-4 lead. 

“There’s gonna be jitters at the beginning of the year.” Senior Mike Jarvis said, “I think most of us got it out, and at the end of the day the most important thing is finding a way to win and we did that.” 

In the same inning, a 2-run RBI double by Ryan Orr pushed the lead to 7-4. Orr went 3-4 and tallied two RBIs.

SDSU returned from South Carolina where they went 2-1 over the past weekend. The team defeated Virginia Tech and Coastal Carolina, but lost to UNC Greensboro.  

“We swung the bats all weekend in South Carolina and it kind of carried over to today.” Martinez said, “We should be pretty good offensively.”

An RBI by sophomore Brian Leonhardt extended the lead to 8-4, as outfielder Rudick crossed home plate.

The Aztecs opened up the game with a Jarvis homerun, it was his first of the season and set the stage for the team. 

“Jarvis found the barrel, hit one out and it got us going a little bit.” Martinez said, “I think that was a huge momentum deal where we thought we could win.”

However, the Titans answered. Pinch hitter Max Miller singled to left field and brought home Josh Urps. 

Senior Jacob Cruce singled to right and Orr scored to push the Aztecs’ lead to 2-1. Right after that, the Titans’ Miguel Ortiz doubled to center field and it tied the game as Isaiah Garcia scored.

In the top of the 4th, the Titans scored two runs as a single followed up by an error brought two base runners home.

After that, it was all Aztecs. They scored six unanswered runs while the Titans only had one hit in the final five innings.

The Aztecs will play again at home Friday-Sunday for the Tony Gwynn Legacy Classic. 

“It’s such a blast. It’s going to be so special for us.” Leonhardt said, “Having the Gwynn family come out and be here it’s a different atmosphere when they come out. We love to honor him. [Tony Gwynn]”

Written by: Daniel Farr

Aztecs Lose In Overtime

San Diego State’s women’s basketball lost to Boise State 69-67 in overtime Saturday at Viejas Arena. With 3.1 second left, A’Shanti Coleman made the game-winning layup for the Broncos.

The lead up to the final shot and overtime didn’t lack excitement. 

Sophia Ramos ended the fourth quarter on a mission.  She stole the ball with less than a minute left and tied the game 57-57. 

On the next possession, SDSU forced a stop but allowed an offensive rebound which led to the Broncos regaining the lead. The Aztecs were outrebounded by 16 on Saturday . 

“We just made some defensive errors down the stretch.” head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson said, “We got killed on the glass, we lost the defensive battle and obviously we need to make our free throws.” 

Ramos was able to move past the mistake, get in the lane, and draw the foul. She knocked down both free throws and ensured overtime for the Aztecs.  

In overtime, the Aztecs trailed by four points but were able to tie the game 64-64. Tea Adams fouled a three point shooter with just over one minute left, but Riley Lupfer only made one of three.

On the Aztecs’ next possession they came up empty and the Broncos capitalized on a defensive lapse, which pushed their lead to three.

However, Ramos began to shine again. She hit a three with 28.5 seconds left and tied the game. 

Ramos finished the game with 25 points and 14 rebounds, which is a new career high in rebounds. 

“The posts are doing a great job of blocking out.” Ramos said, “I get to do the easy part, fly in and get the ball.” 

Coleman’s layup sealed the deal, but the Aztecs did have one more chance. Redshirt senior Taylor Kalmer threw up a floater but it didn’t draw iron. 

“That one sucks,” Kalmer said, “It’s a dagger.”

Kalmer finished with 19 points, which extends her streak of scoring at least 10 points per game to 21. The Aztecs have been led by Ramos and Kalmer all season, but the team lacks a consistent third scoring option. 

Today, they had one in Adams. She finished with 12 points on 14 shots. 

“I thought she was aggressive.” Terry-Hutson said, “When she does that, we can get into the high sixties or seventies. Having a third scorer will help us down the stretch.”

The Aztecs will play at UNLV next Saturday, then return home on Feb. 27 for senior night.

Written by: Daniel Farr