After losing to top-ranked Duke in the first round and bouncing back to beat Xavier in the second round, San Diego State fell to Iowa State on Wednesday in the finale of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
The 87-57 loss was the most lopsided for the Aztecs (3-2) since the 101-66 loss at Wyoming on Feb. 2, 2001. SDSU struggle offensively early on, within five minutes the Cyclones (5-1) climbed to a 10-point lead.
“I thought Iowa State was sensational. They shot the ball at an incredibly elite level and I think when they get all their pieces they’re going to be a very, very dangerous team,” Aztecs coach Brian Dutcher said. “With that being said, there are so many things we have learned about our own team, one is that we are not a very good rebounding team right now and there were times where we would have three people standing under the basket and they would send one guy and end up with the ball.”
The 57 points were a season-low for the Aztecs. They shot a 35.3 field goal percentage and had a season-low 18 field goals, 14 free throws and 17 free throws attempted.
“Coach said it, it was not a very good defensive rebounding team,” Aztecs forward Matt Mitchell said. “Every time they went it felt like they got the ball. We just weren’t putting bodies on their bodies and what we got to do is learn from it moving on in practice and in the upcoming games and get better.”
By halftime, Iowa State had built up a 14-point lead and kept it going for a fourth-place finish in the tournament.
The Aztecs finish Maui 1-2.
Mitchell led San Diego State with 14 points, followed by Jalen McDaniels and Jeremy Hemsley with 10 points each.
Up next, San Diego State faces Jackson State at home on Tuesday.
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