Anchored by another break-out performance from freshman forward Matt Mitchell, San Diego State rolled past Air Force on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs, en route to a 67-56 victory.
The favorites heading into the contest, the Aztecs struggled to find their offensive footing in the first half, when a sloppy and disjointed game headed into the break with a 26-23 score-line. However, a 13-2 run after half-time opened the game up for both teams and the Falcons were never able to join the flow.
Air Force never cut San Diego State’s lead below nine points from there on out.
The Aztecs, who were led by Mitchell’s 17 points (6-7 FG, 4-5 3PT), were also aided by strong showings from fellow forward Malik Pope (13 points, 5 rebounds) and the super-athletic Jalen McDaniels (7 points, 7 rebounds). Point guard Trey Kell also poured in a much-needed 8 assists in the contest.
For the Falcons, the team fell in love with the three-point shot against the Aztecs’ hounding defense, connecting on 13 of their 36 attempts throughout the game. Sophomore Ryan Swan (11 points, 8 rebounds) paced the squad with a team-high in scoring, while guard CJ Siples chipped in with 10 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. Like Kell for San Diego State, Air Force guard Trevor Lyons was the team’s main distributor, finishing with 7 assists on the night.
Up Next: The Aztecs have now won three straight games, to push their overall record to 16-10. They will travel to San Jose State on Saturday, to square off with the 3-23 Spartans.
As for Air Force, the defeat was their third straight loss for the 10-16 program. The Falcons will host a 14-14 Utah State program on Saturday