#19 San Diego State seeks a 2-0 start to the season when it hosts longtime nemesis BYU at Viejas Arena on Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. Catch all the action exclusively on Yurview California with Jon Schaeffer on the call.
The game will be carried by YurView on Cox (Channel 4/1004) and Spectrum (Channel 4) in San Diego and Santa Barbara, Channel 118 in Orange County, and Palos Verdes.
— San Diego State Men’s Basketball (@Aztec_MBB) November 10, 2022
This marks the fifth consecutive season the two teams have met with San Diego State hoping to snap a mini two-game slide in the series. In last year’s contest at the Marriott Center in Provo, the Cougars prevailed 66-60 despite an 18-point effort from Aztec big man Nathan Mensah. During San Diego State’s memorable 30-2 season in 2019-20, the Aztecs defeated the Cougars 76-71 in front of a hostile crowd in Provo.
BYU has controlled the all-time series, winning 50 of the 75 match-ups since the first-ever game in 1940.
San Diego State cruised to an 80-57 opening night victory over Cal State Fullerton on Monday with four players finishing in double-figures including Seattle transfer Darrion Trammell’s game-high 18 points. Lamont Butler and Jaedon LeDee each had 11 points while Mensah chipped in with ten points in the win. Ten Aztecs played considerable minutes in the opener.
— San Diego State Men’s Basketball (@Aztec_MBB) November 8, 2022
“I think that’s the thing we talk about all the time is our depth,” said SDSU head coach Brian Dutcher post-game. “I think we can wear teams down. We have a very deep team. Everyone does their own, has their own thing that they do. But that’s definitely going to carry us deep throughout the year.”
San Diego State shot 54% in the win and used a 13-0 run early in the second half to take control of the game after leading 32-25 at the intermission.
BYU survived a serious threat from Idaho State in its lidlifter on Monday to prevail 60-56 in Provo behind a step-back three from Spencer Johnson in the game’s final minute. Forward Fousseyni Traore finished with a game-high 15 points, leading three Cougars in double-figures. Gideon George also finished in double-figures with 10 points and eight rebounds.
— BYU Men’s Basketball (@BYUMBB) November 8, 2022
“Every athlete dreams about that moment and very few people get the chance to do it in front of this crowd,” said BYU head coach Mark Pope following the game regarding Johnson’s heroics at the Marriott Center. “What most people don’t know is that moment has been 10 years in the making. He is so hungry to be a great player, and there was never a moment where he stopped pushing. So, when you put all that work in, and get your first start in a game like this, you are ready.”
BYU struggled from the floor against Idaho State, shooting just 37% for the game and 3-of-16 (19%) from beyond the arc. The Cougars also turned the ball over 23 times.
BYU failed to reach the NCAA Tournament last year (after doing so in 2021) but still managed 24 wins before dropping an NIT quarterfinal match-up to Washington State. This year’s team must replace guards Alex Barcello and Te’Jon Lucas, who combined to average 27 points and eight assists per contest a season ago.
This preseason, BYU was picked by the media to finish in third place in the WCC behind Gonzaga and St. Mary’s. The Aztecs were picked in the preseason by the media as the favorites to win the Mountain West.
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Upcoming San Diego State home games against UC Irvine (Tuesday, Nov. 29), Occidental (Friday, Dec. 2), Troy (Monday, Dec. 5) and Kennesaw State (Monday, Dec. 12) can also be seen exclusively on YurView California.