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Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez, Assistant Sports Editor

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The San Diego State men's basketball team huddles together before the Aztecs' 78-66 overtime win over Boise State on Feb. 25, 2021 at Viejas Arena.

CHAMPIONS: Aztecs claim back-to-back outright conference titles after defeating UNLV

March 4, 2021

The 2020-21 season marks the 100th year of San Diego State men’s basketball.  At no point in the previous 100 years has the program accomplished...

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San Diego State men's basketball senior forward Matt Mitchell and freshman guard Lamont Butler (left) celebrate at half court after the Aztecs' 62-58 win over Boise State on Feb. 27, 2021 at Viejas Arena.

Three observations: Aztecs sweep Boise State in Senior Day victory

February 28, 2021

While San Diego State men’s basketball would have rather been in the presence of a sold-out Viejas Arena to honor its seniors, a win — their tenth...

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San Diego State men's basketball senior guard Trey Pulliam attempts a floater during the Aztecs' 72-62 loss to Brigham Young on Dec. 18, 2020 at Viejas Arena.

Aztecs complete sweep over Fresno State, win eighth in a row

February 22, 2021

At a press conference earlier this week, San Diego State men’s basketball head coach Brian Dutcher mentioned exactly how many points his team would need...

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San Diego State men's basketball senior guard Jordan Schakel drives to the basket during the Aztecs' 77-55 win over San José State on Feb. 10, 2021 at Viejas Arena.

Men’s basketball update: Schakel honored, newly-ranked Aztecs prepare for Fresno State

February 17, 2021

So far this season, there have been Mountain West Conference Player of the Week winners from all across the conference.  No. 25 San Diego State men’s...

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Senior guard Jordan Schakel attempts a shot during the Aztecs' 77-55 win over San José State on Feb. 10, 2021 at Viejas Arena.

Aztecs win sixth straight thanks to Schakel’s strong second half

February 11, 2021

While both of San Diego State men’s basketball’s wins over San José State will be viewed as easy blowouts, it might be better remembered for who the...

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San Diego State men's basketball junior forward Nathan Mensah finishes a dunk during the Aztecs' 85-54 win over San José State on Feb. 8 at Viejas Arena.

Men’s basketball throttles San Jose State at home in 85-54 win

February 9, 2021

San Diego State men’s basketball has had its fair share of dominating performances this season, and Monday night proved to be yet another showcase of...

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Junior forward Ivvana Murillo drives towards the basket during the Aztecs' 84-48 loss to New Mexico on Feb. 3 at Viejas Arena.

[Photo] Women’s basketball fails to keep up with New Mexico’s explosive offense

February 4, 2021

Junior forward Ivvana Murillo drives towards the basket during the Aztecs' 84-48 loss to New Mexico on Feb. 3 at Viejas Arena.

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Senior forward Matt Mitchell attempts to dribble around a defender during the Aztecs’ 72-62 loss to Brigham Young on Dec. 18 at Viejas Arena. Mitchell scored a career-high 35 points in the losing effort.

Mitchell hurt, status unknown as Aztecs drop road contest to Aggies

January 14, 2021

San Diego State men’s basketball lost the first of its two-game series to Utah State by a score of 57-45 on Thursday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum...

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Senior transfer guard Terrell Gomez with the ball during the Aztecs' 72-62 loss to Brigham Young on Dec. 18 at Viejas Arena.

Aztecs end scheduled non-conference slate with win against St. Mary’s

December 23, 2020

San Diego State men’s basketball wrapped up its non-conference schedule for the 2020-21 season with a 74-49 win against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday night...

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Then-sophomore tight end Daniel Bellinger (88) celebrates with then-sophomore wide reciever Elijah Kothe after Bellinger caught a touchdown pass during the Aztecs’ 13-3 victory over Brigham Young on Nov. 30, 2019 at SDCCU Stadium.

Football falls to No. 18 Brigham Young, ends regular season

December 13, 2020

San Diego State Football closed out its regular season with a 28-14 defeat to No. 18 ranked Brigham Young University on Saturday night at LaVell Edwards...

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Junior forward Nathan Mensah goes up for a layup during the Aztecs’ 73-58 win over UCLA on Nov. 25 at Viejas Arena.

Three observations: Aztecs defeat Sun Devils in clash of ranked teams

December 11, 2020

In what was perhaps its most important game of the year so far, No. 24 ranked San Diego State men’s basketball came away with an 80-68 victory against...

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Junior running back Chance Bell breaks into the Hawaii secondary during the Aztecs’ 34-10 win over the Rainbow Warriors on Nov. 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

Three observations: Aztecs struggle on the road against Colorado

November 28, 2020

San Diego State football lost to the Colorado Buffaloes by a score of 20-10 Saturday afternoon, bringing the Aztecs to a record of 3-3 on the year. Both...

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Then-sophomore running back Chance Bell carries the ball during the Aztecs’ 17-13 loss to the Wolf Pack on Nov. 9, 2019 at SDCCU Stadium.

Three observations: Aztecs’ MWC championship hopes in doubt following loss to Nevada

November 21, 2020

San Diego State football lost to the Nevada Wolf Pack 26-21 on Saturday afternoon. The Aztecs have (3-2) now lost two of their last three games and are...

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Then-junior Jordan Schakel shoots a 3-pointer during the Aztecs' 59-57 win over San José State on Dec. 8, 2019 at Viejas Arena.

San Diego State announces it will host men’s basketball multi-team event

November 10, 2020

San Diego State announced Tuesday it will be opening its men’s basketball season by hosting a multi-team event at Viejas Arena featuring UCLA, UC Irvine...

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Sophomore quarterback Carson Baker scrambles away from UNLV defenders during the Aztecs' 34-6 win over the Runnin' Rebels on Oct. 24 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

Three observations from the Aztecs’ 38-7 win over Utah State

November 1, 2020

San Diego State football went into Logan, Utah on Halloween night riding high from their win over UNLV last weekend and came away with a 38-7 victory over...

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Then-freshman quarterback Carson Baker throws a quick pass during the Aztecs’ 13-3 victory on Nov. 30, 2019 at SDCCU Stadium. Baker is set to make his second-career start against UNLV on Oct. 24.

Baker outduels Johnson, named starting quarterback for season opener against UNLV

October 19, 2020

Last season’s calf injury to then-San Diego State senior starting quarterback Ryan Agnew didn't necessarily have massive implications en route to SDSU’s...

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Then-freshman wide receiver Jesse Matthews (left) and then-sophomore wide receiver Kobe Smith celebrate after a play during the Aztecs' 48-11 win over Central Michigan on Dec. 21, 2019 at the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.

Mountain West Conference announces football will be played this fall

September 24, 2020

The Mountain West Conference announced it will reverse course on its earlier decision to postpone its football season to the spring, and begin playing...

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 Los deportes del estado de San Diego, incluido el fútbol y el básquetbol masculino y femenine, regresarán durante la pandemia, pero lo harán sin fanáticos.

Football to play in Carson, California for spring and fall 2021 seasons

September 15, 2020

San Diego State athletics announced Tuesday that its football team will be playing its home games at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California for...

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Then-junior forward Matt Mitchell fires a jumper during the Aztecs' 81-64 win over Long Island University on Nov. 22, 2019 at Viejas Arena.

After testing NBA Draft waters, Matt Mitchell returns to SDSU for senior season

July 31, 2020

San Diego State men’s basketball forward Matt Mitchell has opted out of the NBA Draft process to return for his senior year with the Aztecs, he announced...

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Junior Puwit Anupansuebsai shot a tournament-record 18 under par at the Bill Cullum Invite.

Despite short season, SDSU men’s golfer earns top conference honor

May 15, 2020

San Diego State men’s golf had quite the year to remember. With highlights that range from a team tournament win at the Bill Cullum Invitational and...

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Senior outfielder Mike Jarvis connects on a pitch during the Aztecs' 4-1 win over Iowa on Feb. 21 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

[Photo] Three takeaways from SDSU baseball’s shortened season

May 12, 2020

Senior outfielder Mike Jarvis connects on a pitch during the Aztecs' 4-1 win over Iowa on Feb. 21 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

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Sophomore catcher Wyatt Hendrie (left) and sophomore pitcher Brian Leonhardt (right) congratulate each other during the Aztecs' 4-1 win over Iowa on Feb. 21 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

[Photo] Aztec baseball adjusts to unexpected offseason, reveals how team is still improving

April 7, 2020

Sophomore catcher Wyatt Hendrie (left) and sophomore pitcher Brian Leonhardt (right) congratulate each other during the Aztecs' 4-1 win over Iowa on Feb....

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One year since Nipsey Hussle’s death, student-athletes describe the artist’s impact

One year since Nipsey Hussle’s death, student-athletes describe the artist’s impact

March 31, 2020

One year ago, the music community was left in shock when Grammy-winning rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside his store in South Los Angeles. Following...

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Sophomore forward Nathan Mensah (left) and senior guard KJ Feagin (right) head back to their locker room after defeating San José State 59-57 on Dec. 9 at Viejas Arena.

Men’s basketball finishes No. 6 in final AP Top 25 Poll

March 19, 2020

As with every other program in the country that had to endure the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, San Diego State men’s basketball may not have...

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San Diego State baseball players look towards the field from the dugout during the Aztecs' 4-1 win over Iowa on Feb. 21, 2020 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

[Photo] New NCAA rule grants Aztec baseball players another year of eligibility

March 13, 2020

San Diego State baseball players look towards the field from the dugout during the Aztecs' 4-1 win over Iowa on Feb. 21, 2020 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

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Then-junior forward Matt Mitchell holds up a piece of the net after the Aztecs defeated New Mexico 82-59 on Feb. 11, claiming the Mountain West regular-season title at Viejas Arena.

[Video] NCAA cancels tournament, school suspends spring sports

March 12, 2020

All Mountain West Conference spring sports have been suspended in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference announced in a statement Thursday morning. "The...

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Aztecs assistant coach David Velasquez (middle) puts his head down in disappointment during the Aztecs' 59-56 loss to Utah State on March 11 at the Thomas and Mack Center.

[Video] Aztecs will play first NCAA tournament game without fans due to coronavirus

March 11, 2020

The NCAA has announced it will limit future attendance of sporting events in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. NCAA President Mark Emmert released a statement...

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Head coach Brian Dutcher throws his hands up during the Aztecs’ 59-56 loss against Utah State at Thomas and Mack Center on March 7.

3 things to look out for heading into NCAA Tournament: Coronavirus, extended rest and Nathan Mensah

March 11, 2020

San Diego State men’s basketball didn’t walk away with a Mountain West Conference tournament trophy after losing to Utah State 66-63 in the final last...

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Sophomore pitcher Brian Leonhardt looks to throw a strike during the Aztecs' 7-2 win over Long Beach State on March 4 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Leonhardt pitched four shutout innings and went 2-for-4 from the plate.

[Photo] Leonhardt helps Aztecs take down No. 17 Long Beach State

March 4, 2020

Sophomore pitcher Brian Leonhardt looks to throw a strike during the Aztecs' 7-2 win over Long Beach State on March 4 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Leonhardt...

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Sophomore pitcher Aaron Eden winds up to throw a pitch during the Aztecs' 11-5 loss to Southern California on Feb. 23 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

[Photo] Baseball holds on for 12-11 win against Oregon State to split series

March 2, 2020

Sophomore pitcher Aaron Eden winds up to throw a pitch during the Aztecs' 11-5 loss to Southern California on Feb. 23 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

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Sophomore first baseman and pitcher Brian Leonhardt swings at a pitch during SDSU’s 11-5 loss to USC on Feb. 23 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

[Photo] Aztecs take two of three in Tony Gwynn Legacy

February 26, 2020

Sophomore first baseman and pitcher Brian Leonhardt swings at a pitch during SDSU’s 11-5 loss to USC on Feb. 23 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

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Sophomore pitcher Troy Melton delivers a pitch during the Aztecs' 4-2 win over Nebraska on Feb. 22 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

SDSU moves to 5-1 after defeating Nebraska in day two of Tony Gwynn Legacy

February 23, 2020

San Diego State baseball continued its run in the Tony Gwynn Legacy with a 4-2 win over Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 22. The Aztecs once again struggled...

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Junior outfielder Matt Rudick makes contact with a pitch during the Aztecs' 8-4 win over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 18, 2020 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Baseball scores late to beat Iowa in first game of Tony Gwynn Legacy

February 22, 2020

San Diego State baseball kicked off its slate of games for this weekend's Tony Gwynn Legacy Tournament with a 4-1 win against Iowa on Friday, Feb. 21. The...

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Senior outfielder Mike Jarvis scores during the Aztecs' 8-4 win over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 18 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

[Photo] Baseball defeats Cal State Fullerton in home opener

February 20, 2020

Senior outfielder Mike Jarvis scores during the Aztecs' 8-4 win over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 18 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

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Junior catcher Alizae Umi  attempts to tag a BYU baserunner at home during the Aztecs' 3-0 loss to BYU on Feb. 13 at SDSU Softball Stadium.

[Photo] Softball closes out classic with back-to-back shutout wins

February 17, 2020

Junior catcher Alizae Umi attempts to tag a BYU baserunner at home during the Aztecs' 3-0 loss to BYU on Feb. 13 at SDSU Softball Stadium.

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[Video] Aztec baseball beat writer roundtable: What to watch for in 2020

February 14, 2020

San Diego State baseball opened its 2020 campaign Friday with a 7-5 victory over the ACC's Virginia Tech at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in South...

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Junior pitcher Maggie Balint gets ready to throw her next pitcher during the Aztecs' 3-0 loss to BYU on Feb. 13 at SDSU Softball Stadium.

[Photo] Ballint strikes out nine, but Aztecs muster only one hit in loss to BYU

February 13, 2020

Junior pitcher Maggie Balint gets ready to throw her next pitcher during the Aztecs' 3-0 loss to BYU on Feb. 13 at SDSU Softball Stadium.

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[Video] The Daily Aztec Live — Feb. 7, 2020

February 8, 2020

Journalists are backed into a corner. Having found ourselves as creators and truth seekers, we are in competition with an ever-growing online presence...

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SDSU baseball participated in a training session in Coronado on Jan. 17.

Baseball tests limits at Naval Special Warfare Center

February 6, 2020

The Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado is a place to train those who wish to become a part of the Navy SEALs. A proving ground for those who wish...

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[Video] No. 20 men’s basketball prepares to take on Utah in first-ever game at Staples Center

December 20, 2019

After a dominating victory over San Diego Christian on Wednesday night at Viejas Arena, No. 20 San Diego State men’s basketball seeks its 12th win of...

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Sophomore guard Sophia Ramos looks to drive down the lane in the Aztecs' 59-49 win over Colorado State on Dec. 4 at Viejas Arena.

[Photo] Aztecs open Mountain West play with 59-49 victory over Colorado State

December 6, 2019

Sophomore guard Sophia Ramos looks to drive down the lane in the Aztecs' 59-49 win over Colorado State on Dec. 4 at Viejas Arena.

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Senior midfielder Adam Vargas attempts to get past a UCLA defender in the Aztecs’ 1-0 loss to the Bruins on Nov. 16 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

[Photo] Seniors embrace moment of stepping onto field for one last time

November 21, 2019

Senior midfielder Adam Vargas attempts to get past a UCLA defender in the Aztecs’ 1-0 loss to the Bruins on Nov. 16 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

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Senior midfielder Adam Vargas attempts to get past a UCLA defender in the Aztecs’ 1-0 loss to the Bruins on Nov. 16 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

[Photo] Men’s soccer drops final home game in 1-0 loss to UCLA

November 19, 2019

Senior midfielder Adam Vargas attempts to get past a UCLA defender in the Aztecs’ 1-0 loss to the Bruins on Nov. 16 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

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Junior Reece Breuckman (left) skates next to senior Adrien Wisch (right) during a stoppage of play in the Aztecs’ 6-1 win over Washington on Nov. 1 at Joan Kroc Center.

[Photo] SDSU’s comeback falls short in loss to Arizona State

November 12, 2019

Junior Reece Breuckman (left) skates next to senior Adrien Wisch (right) during a stoppage of play in the Aztecs’ 6-1 win over Washington on Nov. 1 at...

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Junior guard Téa Adams looks to attack the Towson defense during the Aztecs' 80-72 victory over the Tigers on Nov. 9 at Viejas Arena.

[Photo] Aztecs surge with second half comeback, prevail over Towson in home opener

November 9, 2019

Junior guard Téa Adams looks to attack the Towson defense during the Aztecs' 80-72 victory over the Tigers on Nov. 9 at Viejas Arena.

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Junior forward Veronica Avalos attempts to keep possession away from the USD defenders during the Aztecs’ 1-0 loss on Sept. 13 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Aztecs fall to Boise State in Mountain West championship

November 9, 2019

In a match between the Mountain West’s two regular-season champions, San Diego State women’s soccer was defeated in the MW championship game against...

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