April 19, 2024
The Aztecs had quite a bit to smile about Sunday and Jay Pal, Jaedon LeDee and Lamont Butler did simply that within the staff’s wire-to-wire win over Yale.
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San Diego State simply put aside Yale in Spokane Sunday to achieve the Candy 16 within the NCAA Match for the second 12 months in a row.

SDSU beat Yale 85-57 in East Area motion, and one other storybook run is feasible for the Aztecs, however to make it so, they have to take down UConn in a rematch of the 2023 nationwide championship recreation.

Meaning being David to UConn’s Goliath – and the enormous beat them simply final 12 months. Furthermore, Goliath is the No. 1 seeded staff in your complete event, however that’s the Aztecs’ draw, as they journey to Boston – UConn territory as effectively – to face the Huskies (33-3) Thursday.

To earn the precise to maneuver on, SDSU (26-10) left behind its current spate of sluggish begins, leaping out to a 10-0 lead and barely letting up as the sport progressed.

They held Yale (23-10) to 21 factors, the Bulldogs’ lowest manufacturing within the first half this season, whereas additionally giving them their greatest deficit of the 12 months. Yale, down 45-21 Sunday, beforehand had trailed by not more than 10 on the half.

Jaedon LeDee opened the scoring and was on fireplace within the first 12 minutes, with 15 factors, even from lengthy distance. The primary of his uncommon three pointers gave SDSU the 10-0 lead, and when Yale’s August Mahoney broke by way of moments later after the Bulldogs had began the sport 0-for-5 – LeDee hit one other to revive the 10-point benefit.

And he wasn’t the one one. Elijah Saunders, chilly because the Mountain West championship in Las Vegas, had his personal pair of back-to-back threes, and Lamont Butler, Miles Byrd and Darrion Trammell quickly joined within the enjoyable.

Yale couldn’t get something going early as SDSU shutout the hero, John Poulakidas, within the Bulldogs’ first-round upset win over Auburn.

San Diego State didn’t let up after the break and although Poulakidas got here on within the second half to attain 9, Yale’s high scorer, Bez Mbeng may solely handle 12 factors for the sport as SDSU held the Bulldogs to 32 capturing.

The Aztecs, although topic to droughts, have been scorching a lot of the recreation, at one level capturing 60%. They completed at 52% as LeDee, who left the sport with 8:40 minutes remaining, led all scorers with 26, including 9 rebounds.

Darrion Trammell had a season-high with 18 factors and Miles Byrd had 9.

San Diego State, which goes to the Candy 16 in consecutive years for the primary time, is also the one Mountain West staff remaining within the event after Utah State suffered a blowout loss by the hands of Purdue Sunday