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Aztecs need second-half comeback during 65-60 victory over CSUN

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Aztecs need second-half comeback during 65-60 victory over CSUN

Senior guard Devin Watson attempts a layup during the Aztecs 65-60 victory over CSUN on Jan. 1 at Viejas Arena.

Senior guard Devin Watson attempts a layup during the Aztecs 65-60 victory over CSUN on Jan. 1 at Viejas Arena.

David Pradel

Senior guard Devin Watson attempts a layup during the Aztecs 65-60 victory over CSUN on Jan. 1 at Viejas Arena.

David Pradel

David Pradel

Senior guard Devin Watson attempts a layup during the Aztecs 65-60 victory over CSUN on Jan. 1 at Viejas Arena.

by Breven Honda, Staff Writer

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San Diego State men’s basketball needed a second half surge to emerge victorious over Cal State Northridge, 65-60, on New Year’s Day at Viejas Arena.

SDSU (8-5) trailed by 19 points with just over 15 minutes to play, but ended the game on a 38-14 run, including a 7-0 run in the final two minutes, to secure the win over its Big West opponent.

“The team showed its grit,” head coach Brian Dutcher said. “They bowed their back, they fought through frustration, they believed in themselves and they came out with a hard-fought victory.”

CSUN (6-9) was leading 60-58 with 2:12 remaining, before senior guard Jeremy Hemsley knocked down a three pointer to give the Aztecs the lead with 1:57 to play.

The Matadors, who shot 29 percent in the second half and made only one of their final eight shots, would not score again, while SDSU iced the game with a layup and two free throws from senior guard Devin Watson.

Hemsley and Watson finished with 13 and 14 points, respectively, after both got out to slow starts in the first half.

Watson, the Aztecs leading scorer coming into the game, began 0-for-7 from the field and made his first shot with 5:34 to play before the half, while Hemsley scored his first points with just over two minutes to go before intermission.  

Hemsley said the team finally found its rhythm in the second half.   

“We weren’t really dwelling on the slow start we had,” Hemsley said. “We just look forward to what we could do better in the next half.”

The Aztecs were led on offense by sophomore forward Jalen McDaniels, who scored the first seven points of the game and finished with a team high 20 points and 13 rebounds, for his second double-double of the season.

McDaniels made five of the Aztecs nine field goals in the first half, and had scored half of the team’s points with SDSU trailing 47-32 with 11:59 to play.

“I told Jalen that was his best game of the year,” Dutcher said. “Jalen’s a high motor, so he’s usually going fast, but the difference is he was able to slow down.”

The Aztecs trailed 32-21 at halftime, after shooting only 28 percent from the field, including just 2-for-15 from behind the arc.

Watson missed his first five three point attempts, but the team’s leading scorer coming into the game said he’ll never stop shooting.

“I’m never going to lose my confidence,” Watson said. “My teammates believe in me as well as my coaches.”

SDSU’s deficit ballooned to 19 points following a 7-0 run by the Matadors with 15:12 to play in the game.

Freshman forward Lamine Diane finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead CSUN, but was forced to the bench with his fourth foul with 8:36 to play in the game.

The Aztecs trailed by seven when Diane went out, but went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 53 before he returned to the floor with just over five minutes left.

SDSU will now head to Boise, Idaho on Jan. 5 to take on Boise State for the Aztecs first game of Mountain West Conference play.

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One Response to “Aztecs need second-half comeback during 65-60 victory over CSUN”

  1. robert caesar on January 2nd, 2019 9:40 am

    The absence of Justin Hutson is showing. What has happened to the aztec program? Dutch is a nice laid back coach,but something is really happening. Maybe he knows more than us about his team –and maybe he doesn’t. Check my post out last year because I was saying the same thing and Dutch proved me wrong–i’m glad he did. But, I feel like we need a motivater of some sort in certain situations. I also think we need to get back into the transfer and cc college market. Lastly, just because someone or something has spent the last 20 plus years together(Fish and Dutch) doesnt always equal success when the other is now gone. Not a knock on Dutch , but I think Justin Hutson would have been a better fit (I said this before the Fresno hiring). For now, Dutch has to get back to the NCAA Tourn. again ; everything will be better from then on out (for him and the team program).

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