Down by as many as 16, the Aztecs nonetheless pulled closer at the break, trailing 41-32.
They were hampered by a dozen turnovers, which the Hawkeyes converted for 15 points. Coach Brian Dutcher said he made that a focus in the locker room as he addressed his team.
“We talked about having 12 turnovers. That’s not in our nature,” he said.
— San Diego State Men’s Basketball (@Aztec_MBB) November 30, 2019
The momentum that narrowed the deficit at the half, though, carried over as play resumed and the Aztecs surged.
“We have a grit about us,” Dutcher said. “When we got down we were able to fight back.“
With the win, San Diego State improved to 8-0, their best start since 2010. They lead the Mountain West, yet Utah State, also undefeated going into a late game Thursday, have kept pace.
Flynn powered the Aztecs to the comeback, scoring all of his 28 points in the second half, along with going 9-for-9 from the free throw line. His goal with his team trailing, he said, was to “pretty much be aggressive as much as I could.”
Jordan Shackel and Yanni Wetzell followed Flynn, posting 14 points apiece. Organizers named Flynn tournament MVP, while Shackel and Wetzell made the All-Tournament Team.
San Diego State faced Iowa for the first time, a day after dismantling Creighton at the invitational, 83-52. They next travel to play Colorado State at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Coach Dutcher with @TedLeitner:
“We’ve won 5 games in 10 days, and I think we put ourselves maybe a little bit on the national landscape.”
Will we see @Aztec_MBB in the top 25?
We will take your answer in Gif form below…
— XTRA1360 (@XTRA1360) November 30, 2019
– Staff reports