Jalen McDaniels leaving San Diego State to turn pro
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher says forward Jalen McDaniels will forego his remaining college eligibility and hire an agent to pursue a professional career.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trailing by double-digits for the second straight day at the Mountain West Conference tournament, the Nevada Wolf Pack rallied again.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — After San Diego State was routed at Utah State on Tuesday night, coach Brian Dutcher told the Aztecs to treat the next opponent, San Jose State, like the Golden State...
Dutcher, SDSU stir up MWC by beating Musselman’s Wolf Pack
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A couple of coaches' sons have a pretty good rivalry going on in the Mountain West Conference, and so far, Brian Dutcher's San Diego State Aztecs have dominated Eric Musselman's...
San Diego State stuns Caroline, No. 6 Nevada 65-57
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With their arena packed for the first time this season, the San Diego State Aztecs rewarded the fans with yet another victory against Nevada, and this one's going into the record...
Watson, McDaniels lead SDSU over Utah State 68-63
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four days after a miserable loss at New Mexico, streaky San Diego State beat Utah State in a performance that could help the Aztecs in March.
Devin Watson scored 23 points and Jalen McDaniels had 16 for San Diego State, which blew a 13-point lead before beating the Aggies 68-63 Saturday night to open the second half of Mountain West play.
McDaniels’ career night helps San Diego St. beat UNLV 94-77
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Jalen McDaniels Show continues to roll for San Diego State.
McDaniels had a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double as SDSU defeated UNLV 94-77 on Saturday night.
"I thought he played magnificently," Aztecs coach Brian Dutcher said. "We put a couple of new plays in that got him an extra look or two."
McDaniels scores 24, Watson 21 in SDSU’s 97-77 win vs Lobos
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State made New Mexico pay for playing zone defense the whole game.
Once again needing a pick-me-up after a tough loss, the Aztecs got it by beating the Lobos 97-77 on Tuesday night.
Jalen McDaniels had 24 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Aguek Arop made a 65-foot shot at the halftime buzzer and Devin Watson made three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half.
McDaniels scores 22 to lead SDSU over Wyoming 84-54
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego State Aztecs needed a laugher after being embarrassed at Boise State in their Mountain West Conference opener.
They got it in their conference home opener against a Wyoming team that was down to seven scholarship players.
Hemsley, McDaniels rally SDSU to 65-60 win vs CSUN
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It wasn't looking or sounding good for San Diego State when it trailed Cal State Northridge by 19 points with 15 minutes to go.
Coming off a blowout loss to Brown three days earlier, the Aztecs were again playing poorly at home and this time they were booed by their fans.
Just like that, though, the Aztecs finally found their rhythm and the Matadors started playing like the young team they are.
Mitchell leads SDSU to 99-46 win vs Division II Toros
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego State Aztecs just needed a win.
It happened that Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills was up next.
Matt Mitchell scored 20 points and San Diego State used a 23-0 run midway through the first half to rout the overmatched Toros 99-46 Wednesday night.
McDaniels, Schakel lead SDSU to 87-44 victory vs. Tigers
SAN DIEGO (AP) — After a rough ending to their stay in Maui, the San Diego State Aztecs were ready for a laugher.
They got one against road-weary Jackson State.
Jordan Schakel and Matt Mitchell scored 15 points apiece for San Diego State, which routed the Tigers 87-44 Tuesday night. It was SDSU's biggest victory margin against a Division I team since beating United States International University by 45, 138-93 on Feb. 20, 1986.
Mitchell’s 21 help Aztecs to 103-64 win vs. Texas Southern
SAN DIEGO (AP) — After winning their first two games by an average of nearly 28 points, the San Diego State Aztecs have four days to get ready to face No. 1 Duke in Maui.
Matt Mitchell scored 10 of his 21 points in the first 12 minutes and Jordan Schackel had 16 points for the Aztecs, who beat Texas Southern 103-64 Wednesday night.
Jalen McDaniels had 14 points and nine rebounds for SDSU (2-0), which jumped to leads of 8-0 and 19-5. Devin Watson had 14 points and eight assists.
With McDaniels back, expectations high again for Aztecs
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Expectations are high once again at San Diego State, thanks to a remarkable run to the NCAA Tournament and Jalen McDaniels' decision to return for his redshirt sophomore season.
Although the Aztecs are the decided second choice behind No. 7 Nevada to win the Mountain West Conference regular-season title, they showed last year they can play well when they're focused.
SDSU extends coach Brian Dutcher’s contract through 2022-23
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher has signed a one-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season.
The extension announced Wednesday comes five months after Dutcher, in his first season in charge, led the Aztecs back to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence. The Aztecs, who also won their 11th Mountain West Conference title, finished 22-11.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — John Beilein believes it's time for Steve Fisher to assume his rightful place in Michigan lore.
It was Fisher who led the Wolverines to the 1989 national championship, then brought together the Fab Five for two more runs to the title game before becoming persona non grata around the school's Ann Arbor campus following a scandal that led to his firing more than two decades ago.
No. 6 seed Houston faces 11-seed San Diego State in West
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — No. 6 seed Houston (26-7) vs. No. 11 seed San Diego State (22-10)
First round, West Region; Wichita, Kansas; Thursday, 7:20 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Led by star guard Rob Gray, Houston's run to the American Athletic Conference title game locked up an at-large bid to the Cougars' first NCAA Tournament since 2010. San Diego State won the Mountain West with first-year coach Brian Dutcher on the sideline.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four weeks ago, when San Diego State was 13-10 and in eighth place in the Mountain West Conference, even a berth in the NIT seemed farfetched in the Aztecs' first season under coach Brian Dutcher.
There were rumblings that maybe Dutcher hadn't been the right guy to replace Steve Fisher, even though the longtime loyal lieutenant had been the "head coach in waiting" since 2011.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Going to the NCAA Tournament used to be almost a birthright at San Diego State, starting with Kawhi Leonard's freshman season.
SDSU made it to six straight NCAA tourneys, including its first two Sweet 16 appearances.
Then it stopped.
Two years removed from their last go-round with March Madness, the Aztecs need to win the Mountain West Conference tournament this week in order to secure a bid in Brian Dutcher's first year as coach.
McDaniels, Pope lead SDSU to 72-64 win vs Boise State
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tuesday turned out to be a pretty good day overall for San Diego State's Malik Pope.
The senior forward got the news in the afternoon that he could play against Boise State, and then scored 12 points and had some big plays in the final minutes to help the Aztecs beat the Broncos 72-64, their season-high fifth straight victory.
Mitchell, McDaniels boost San Diego St. past UNLV 94-56
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State returned to its defensive roots, and showed its budding offense on Saturday in a 38-point rout of UNLV.
Matt Mitchell scored 21 points, Jalen McDaniels added 18 and San Diego State beat the Runnin' Rebels 94-56.
"This is the first real 40-minute effort we have had, and I think it was keyed at the defensive end," San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher said.
Reserves Narain, Schakel spark SDSU to 87-77 win vs Wyoming
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The struggling San Diego State Aztecs got a glimpse of the future on Wednesday night, and there was a lot to like.
Nolan Narain came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points and fellow reserve Jordan Schakel had 14 points for San Diego State, which raced to a 23-point lead before holding off Wyoming 87-77 Wednesday night.
SDSU's bench outscored Wyoming's bench 40-1 in helping the Aztecs to just their third win in nine games.
McDaniels, Hemsley lead San Diego St. past Air Force, 81-50
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Following one of its worst defensive performances since the turn of the century in a loss to UNLV on Jan. 27, San Diego State threw a defensive curveball at the Air Force Academy on Saturday night.
"We played zone for the first time in a long time," San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher said.
Jalen McDaniels had 16 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, and 13 rebounds to help San Diego State beat Air Force 81-50 on Saturday night.
Kell, McDaniels lead SDSU to 72-70 upset of No. 12 Gonzaga
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State got the signature win so far in the Brian Dutcher era when senior Trey Kell and redshirt freshman Jalen McDaniels came up big in the second half of a 72-70 upset of No. 12 Gonzaga on Thursday night.
Kell scored 10 of his 14 points in the final 2:56 and McDaniels scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and had 10 rebounds, which overcame poor shooting and benefited from 16 Zags turnovers
Watson leads San Diego State to 66-57 victory over Toreros
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State has beaten San Diego 11 times in the last 12 seasons, so the Aztecs don't really view the crosstown series as a rivalry.
This year's game had a little different wrinkle in that the Toreros came in undefeated. It was the same result, though, as Devin Watson scored 26 points to lead visiting SDSU to a 66-57 victory Thursday night.
Watson, Pope lead SDSU to 83-52 victory vs McNeese State
SAN DIEGO (AP) — After giving up 90 points in a dismal loss at Arizona State on Tuesday night, San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher challenged the Aztecs to be tougher on defense.
With a tight defense fueling an impressive transition game, Devin Watson scored 20 points before leaving with a cramp midway through the second half and Malik Pope scored nine of his 16 points during a 24-2 run in the first half that carried SDSU to an 83-52 victory against McNeese State on Friday night.
SDSU gets easy win in Dutcher’s first game as head coach
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brian Dutcher was pretty low-key after his first game — and win — as a head coach.
Maybe because it was such an easy win, 91-52 against outmanned San Diego Christian, an NAIA team that doesn't have its own gym.
Or maybe it was because he's simply seen a lot of basketball, mostly spent at Steve Fisher's side.
Dutcher takes over SDSU program he helped Fisher build
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brian Dutcher finally gets to move over one seat on San Diego State's bench.
He spent 18 years as assistant to Aztecs basketball coach Steve Fisher, the last six with the "head coach in waiting" designation. He's waiting no longer after Fisher retired in April.
There was a time when Dutcher could have moved on to another program, but the "head coach in waiting" showed he was serious about eventually succeeding Fisher, whom he'd been with since 1989 at Michigan.