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Reserves Narain, Schakel spark SDSU to 87-77 win vs Wyoming

SAN DIEGO (AP) The struggling San Diego State Aztecs got a glimpse of the future on Wednesday night, and there was a lot to like.

Nolan Narain came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points and fellow reserve Jordan Schakel had 14 points for San Diego State, which raced to a 23-point lead before holding off Wyoming 87-77 Wednesday night.

SDSU's bench outscored Wyoming's bench 40-1 in helping the Aztecs to just their third win in nine games.

''You're talking about a redshirt sophomore and a freshman out there,'' coach Brian Dutcher said of Narain and Schakel. ''They have to play with no fear and with intelligence. It's great to get that production off the bench.

''The No. 1 question I get is, `Why isn't Nolan playing?' He had a shoulder that we didn't tell anyone about because he wasn't playing that much anyway,'' Dutcher said. ''But Nolan played well today and he will continue to play. Any kind of penetration he isn't afraid to take a charge.''

San Diego State (14-10, 6-7 Mountain West) got only 10 points off the bench in the previous two games combined, both road losses.

''I did my role and my teammates found me when I was open,'' Narain said. ''It was just attitude and effort. That is all I can do. I feel like if I just play the way I'm supposed to play and fill my role, I would be scoring like this almost every game.''

SDSU earned a measure of revenge against Wyoming (6-10, 7-6), which beat the Aztecs 82-69 at Laramie in the conference opener on Dec. 27. Hayden Dalton scored 36 points in that game.

SDSU, which has had a bad habit of blowing leads this season, came into the game in eighth place in the league. They led 53-31 at halftime and pushed it to 23 points early in the second half.

Wyoming's Justin James scored 15 of his 26 points in the second half. The Cowboys also got big shots from Hunter Maldonado and Alan Herndon to pull within nine points twice in the final five minutes. Wyoming also made nine straight free throws during the last seven minutes.

But the Aztecs were able to hold off the Cowboys thanks to Jalen McDaniels scoring twice in the final three minutes and Jeremy Hemsley hitting a big jumper.

Dalton scored 20 points on Wednesday night. Herndon had 17 and Maldonado 13.

''I thought the game kind of got away in the first half, so it was hard to go even deeper into our bench,'' Wyoming coach Allen Edwards said. ''Maybe if the game was closer in the first half we'd have an opportunity to rest those guys but we felt like we were behind the eight ball all night and had to do whatever we needed to do to get ourselves in position to come back and win the basketball game.''

Narain's previous high was 10 points earlier this season in a loss to Washington State in the Wooden Legacy.

McDaniels scored 16 points, Devin Watson 13 and Malik Pope 10.

Narain, a sophomore, came off the bench to score five points midway through the first half, including converting a 3-point play. Schakel made two 3-pointers during a 12-0 run late in the first half. That run, capped by Trey Kell's runner in the lane, gave SDSU a 37-21 lead.

BIG PICTURE

Wyoming: After playing the Aztecs close for the first 12 minutes, the Cowboys looked out of sorts in falling behind by double digits. They shot just 37 percent (10 of 27) in the first half, including 33.3 percent (5 of 15) from behind the 3-point line.

San Diego State: Kell, a senior guard, returned after missing nearly four full games with a sprained ankle. He had six points, six assists and four rebounds.

UP NEXT

Wyoming hosts San Jose State on Saturday afternoon.

San Diego State hosts UNLV on Saturday afternoon.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Alan Herndon made layup, assist by Cody Kelley 27.0
  Defensive rebound by Alan Herndon 34.0
  Jeremy Hemsley missed 3-pt. jump shot 36.0
  Defensive rebound by Malik Pope 1:04
  Justin James missed jump shot 1:06
  Offensive rebound by Wyoming 1:13
  Hunter Maldonado missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Malik Pope 1:15
+ 1 Malik Pope made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:24
+ 1 Malik Pope made 1st of 2 free throws 1:24
  Personal foul on Hayden Dalton 1:24
  Defensive rebound by Trey Kell 1:48
Team Stats
Points 77 87
Field Goals 24-58 (41.4%) 33-62 (53.2%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 8-18 (44.4%)
Free Throws 20-28 (71.4%) 13-17 (76.5%)
Total Rebounds 29 42
Offensive 8 12
Defensive 19 29
Team 2 1
Assists 17 22
Steals 8 5
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 19 24
Technicals 1 1
26 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 4 REB
12T
away team logo Wyoming 16-10 314677
home team logo San Diego State 14-10 533487
Team Stats
away team logo Wyoming 16-10 73.1 PPG 37.9 RPG 10.4 APG
home team logo San Diego State 14-10 76.1 PPG 38.2 RPG 14.6 APG
Key Players
1
J. James G 24.3 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.2 APG 43.9 FG%
24
N. Narain F 3.6 PPG 3.0 RPG 0.5 APG 68.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. James G 26 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
N. Narain F 18 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
41.4 FG% 53.2
32.1 3PT FG% 44.4
71.4 FT% 76.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. James 39 26 7 4 1 0 2 3 9/17 1/4 7/10 1 6
H. Dalton 36 20 4 0 1 0 0 3 5/15 5/10 5/6 1 3
A. Herndon 37 17 10 5 2 3 2 2 6/9 2/3 3/4 3 7
H. Maldonado 35 13 3 3 2 1 1 3 4/10 1/5 4/6 1 2
C. Kelley 29 0 2 5 0 0 1 4 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. James 39 26 7 4 1 0 2 3 9/17 1/4 7/10 1 6
H. Dalton 36 20 4 0 1 0 0 3 5/15 5/10 5/6 1 3
A. Herndon 37 17 10 5 2 3 2 2 6/9 2/3 3/4 3 7
H. Maldonado 35 13 3 3 2 1 1 3 4/10 1/5 4/6 1 2
C. Kelley 29 0 2 5 0 0 1 4 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Aka Gorski 14 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0/5 0/4 1/2 0 0
N. Redding 7 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0
A. Moemeka 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
B. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Averbuck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Naughton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Mueller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 77 27 17 8 4 9 19 24/58 9/28 20/28 8 19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. McDaniels 22 16 4 1 1 0 0 5 6/9 0/0 4/6 3 1
D. Watson 36 13 2 5 0 0 3 1 4/9 1/2 4/6 0 2
M. Pope 23 10 9 2 0 1 1 3 4/10 0/1 2/2 5 4
T. Kell 26 6 4 6 1 0 0 2 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 4
M. Mitchell 18 2 6 2 0 1 3 3 0/4 0/0 2/2 0 6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. McDaniels 22 16 4 1 1 0 0 5 6/9 0/0 4/6 3 1
D. Watson 36 13 2 5 0 0 3 1 4/9 1/2 4/6 0 2
M. Pope 23 10 9 2 0 1 1 3 4/10 0/1 2/2 5 4
T. Kell 26 6 4 6 1 0 0 2 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 4
M. Mitchell 18 2 6 2 0 1 3 3 0/4 0/0 2/2 0 6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Narain 18 18 4 0 0 0 1 1 8/10 1/1 1/1 2 2
J. Schakel 17 14 5 2 1 0 1 4 5/6 4/5 0/0 2 3
J. Hemsley 21 5 2 0 1 0 3 3 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 2
M. Montana 19 3 5 4 1 0 1 2 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 5
K. Rooks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Seiko - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sohikish - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 87 41 22 5 2 13 24 33/62 8/18 13/17 12 29