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The Daily Aztec

Schakel has a career night as men’s basketball rebounds versus Colorado State

Jason Freund
Senior guard Jordan Schakel follows through on a 3-point attempt during the Aztecs’ 78-65 win over Colorado State on Jan. 4 at Viejas Arena.

Coming off its second loss of the season Saturday, San Diego State men’s basketball had the opportunity to face the team that came back from 26 points down to beat them. This time, the Aztecs (7-2, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) wouldn’t let up. 

The Scarlet and Black returned to its winning ways with a 78-65 victory over Colorado State on Jan. 4 at Viejas Arena, with senior guard Jordan Schakel having a career game versus the Rams (6-2, 3-1 MWC). Schakel scored a career-high 28 points on nine of 12 field goals and collected a career-high-tying nine rebounds — all while making eight shots from beyond the 3-point line.

His 3-point total accounted for the second-most in a game in school history and the most made 3-pointers in a game since Chase Tapley sunk eight against Baylor in 2011.

Schakel said once he started, the threes kept coming. 

 “[I need to] just keep shooting,” Schakel said. “If you start feeling good when you hit them (three-pointers), you tend to feel bad when they are not going in. I try to stay level-headed the whole game, no matter what.”  

The Aztecs were firing on all cylinders in the first half, landing over 68% of their shots and dropping a 50-bomb compared to Colorado State’s 24 points. The Aztecs’ halftime lead was 26 — the same total the Aztecs succumbed to the Rams Saturday. That 26-point halftime lead was also the largest deficit the Rams have faced in the last 25 years.

The second half was a different story. The Aztecs’ shooting percentage dropped to 56% by the end of the game, and were outscored 41-28 in the second half by the Rams. Despite a more lackluster second half, SDSU walked away with the win, and that’s all head coach Brian Dutcher could ask for. 

“We always have a way of not being happy the way it ended, wanting to win by more, playing better (for) longer periods,” Dutcher said. “So as coaches, we usually find fault. But we couldn’t find fault in our effort, we couldn’t find fault in how we prepared on our day off to kind of right the ship and get a victory over a good Colorado State team.” 

Schakel had a dazzling performance, but his teammates made out to be quite a supporting cast. Senior forward Matt Mitchell was efficient with his shots, sinking six of the eight he took (12 points total), including two 3-pointers. Mitchell made two of his three free throw attempts and added five rebounds.

Junior forward Nathan Mensah also had a commendable performance, making five of his six shots (11 points) with eight rebounds and three blocks. Senior guard Terrell Gomez was second on the team in points with 13 and second in 3-pointers, draining three of his six attempts. 

The support surrounding Schakel’s big night stretches off of the court as well. Mitchell said he was especially happy to see his teammate’s success versus Colorado State. 

“We are road dogs and he is my running mate for this year,” Mitchell said of Schakel. “To see him shine, to see him score the ball, shoot the ball like that especially in Viejas, it is a light-hearted thing. I am so happy for him.” 

After meeting its first conference opponent of the 2020-21 season, SDSU plays two more home games versus MWC opponent Nevada on Jan. 7 and 9. The Wolf Pack enter the Mesa with an 8-3 record with a 3-1 record versus MWC opponents. 

About the Contributors
Andrew Finley, '21-22 Assistant Sports Editor
Andrew Finley is 22 years old and was born and raised in Ramona, Calif. where he resides today. He is a junior who transferred from Grossmont College in fall 2020 with an associate's degree in journalism. During that time, Finley was an assistant football coach for his alma mater Ramona High School. He was hired straight out of high school as the youngest assistant coach on the staff. Finley is now an undergraduate journalism student with aspirations of being a professional sports reporter/analyst once he graduates.
Jason Freund, Sports Editor
Jason Freund is a journalism major from Santee, Calif. He hopes to become a sports journalist for a Major League Baseball team or a reporter for another major sport. In his free time, Jason enjoys listening to music, going to the gym and watching baseball. Jason began writing for The Daily Aztec in October 2019 and also writes for the East Village Times. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonfreund_.
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