San Diego State rained three-pointers on Air Force Sunday, led by Jordan Schakel and Terrell Gomez, as the team defeated the Falcons 91-59.
Schakel, with six three’s, scored 24, while Gomez had five from beyond the arc for 15 points.
The Aztecs (11-4, 5-3 in the Mountain West) scored 90 points and won by more than 30 for the second game in a row.
“These two games, we were pretty locked in, I’d say,” Schakel said in a post-game interview.
Even better, Matt Mitchell returned after missing two games due to the hyperextended knee he suffered against Utah State 10 days ago.
The senior scored 10 points in 14 minutes on the court. SDSU planned to limit his game time to a maximum of 15 minutes, which coach Brian Dutcher hopes will grow if Mitchell shows no ill effects.
Dutcher said three doctors cleared Mitchell to play and he wore a custom brace to provide more protection for his right knee.
“We wanted to get his game timing back,” he said. “Matt’s very important to the success of this team.”
Air Force (4-10, 2-8 in MW) had a much lighter burden as the first half closed, trailing 44-31, as compared to Friday, when the Aztecs went into the break with a 36-point advantage.
Schakel, though turned it on in the second half Sunday, scoring 16 of his 24 points. Seven minutes into the half, SDSU had built a 27-point lead.
The team also hit 16 three-pointers, a season high, and had 42 rebounds, as compared to Air Force’s 18.
San Diego State returns home at 2 p.m. Thursday. They play the first of two against Wyoming (10-5, 4-4 in MW), which has won three straight games. The contest airs on FS1.