EditorsNote: Denoted home team in lede graf; Corrects Parsons’ name in next-to-last graf
Yanni Wetzell put up 17 points to lead four double-figure scorers for 20th-ranked San Diego State, and the host Aztecs cruised past San Diego Christian 92-48 on Wednesday.
San Diego State (11-0) built an 18-point lead by halftime, then blew the game open with a 23-4 run to open the second half. The 44-point final margin of victory marked the largest lead of the night.
KJ Feagin scored 12 points and dished out eight assists, setting the tone for the Aztecs’ unselfish approach in the rout.
Twenty-four of San Diego State’s 33 made field goals came via assists, and the scoring load was distributed relatively evenly among the starting five. Jordan Schakel and Malachi Flynn both scored 10 points, and Nathan Mensah added seven points.
Aztecs coach Brian Dutcher went to the bench for most of the final 10 minutes. Among the reserves, Trey Pulliam put up nine points, and Matt Mitchell and Adam Seiko each chipped in eight points.
San Diego State shot 10 of 23 from behind the 3-point arc while working the offense from inside-out. The Aztecs scored 46 points in the paint.
San Diego Christian (3-6), a member of the NAIA, will not count Wednesday’s result to its overall record per NAIA rules. The Hawks were overmatched in all phases.
They committed 18 turnovers that San Diego State turned into 29 points. The Hawks shot just 33.3 percent from the floor.
Marc Combs led San Diego Christian with 14 points, and he sank 2 of 4 3-point attempts. The rest of the Hawks shot 1 of 16 from deep. Bryce Parsons and JaMario Harris both added six points.
One of just four undefeated teams remaining in Division I (along with No. 12 Auburn, Duquesne and Liberty), San Diego State can expect more resistance on Saturday when it faces Utah at Staples Center in Los Angeles. San Diego Christian opposes Cal State Maritime on Friday in El Cajon, Calif.
—Field Level Media