Local Teams

National Basketball Association
San Diego St. 82, New Mexico 59
When: 11:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Where: Viejas Arena, San Diego, California
Officials: # Tony Padilla, # Chris Rasatter, # Mike Reed
Attendance: 12414

No. 4 San Diego State used a dominant second half to maintain its perfect record and secure a Mountain West Conference regular-season championship with Tuesday's 82-59 rout of visiting New Mexico at Viejas Arena.

San Diego State (25-0, 14-0 Mountain West) led New Mexico (17-9, 6-7) by just two points at halftime -- a much different scenario than the Aztecs' 85-57 rout of the Lobos on Jan. 29 when they opened with a 17-0 run and never looked back.

The big run Tuesday instead came after halftime. San Diego State went on a 16-3 spurt midway through the second half to push the lead to a game-high 24 points. That burst came shortly after an 18-7 Aztecs run over the first 7:25 after intermission.

Matt Mitchell helped key the big second half with 11 of his 22 points, two of which came on a rim-rattling dunk that electrified the home crowd. Mitchell also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Yanni Wetzell scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Aztecs, and Malachi Flynn added 15 points, 11 of which came in the second half. Jordan Schakel knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.

New Mexico kept pace in the first half behind Vante Hendrix (20 points). Corey Manigualt scored eight points in the first half, but finished with just nine. He was ejected for drawing two taunting technical fouls.

The Lobos offense went cold in the second half, shooting just nine of 34 from overall and 1 of 15 from 3-point range. New Mexico also committed a total of 18 turnovers.

San Diego State's victory, coupled with Colorado State's loss earlier Tuesday night to Utah State, sealed the Aztecs' outright conference championship. This marks San Diego State's first Mountain West championship since the 2015-16 season, and the first under current head coach Brian Dutcher.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Mexico   San Diego St.
Vante Hendrix 20 Scoring Matt Mitchell 22
Makuach Maluach 4 Assists Matt Mitchell 4
JaQuan Lyle 6 Rebounds Matt Mitchell 12
Vante Hendrix 4 Free Throws Made Yanni Wetzell 5
Vante Hendrix 4 Steals Malachi Flynn 4
Emmanuel Kuac 1 Blocks Aguek Arop 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Mexico 59 35.4 6-29 7-9 14 31 2 8 18
San Diego St. 82 45.3 10-28 14-17 14 37 2 10 15