MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS FIRST ROUND WOODEN LEGACY GAME TO SAN DIEGO STATE

MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS FIRST ROUND WOODEN LEGACY GAME TO SAN DIEGO STATE

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- San Diego State scored the game's first 12 points, and cruised the rest of the way in an 89-52 victory over Sacramento State on the first day of the Wooden Legacy Basketball Tournament in Titan Gym.

The game was the first of three the Hornets (1-4) will play over four days in the bracketed tournament, and Sacramento State will take on Cal State Fullerton on Friday evening at approximately 6:15 p.m. That game will not be televised but will be available via video stream on ESPN3. Both Sacramento State and Cal State Fullerton are in the losers bracket of the tournament after Fullerton fell to Georgia, 64-57, earlier today. Cal State Fullerton is hosting the eight-team event.

San Diego State, which won its third straight while improving to 4-1, will take on Georgia in the winners bracket of the tournament tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Other Wooden Legacy outcomes today included Saint Mary's beating Harvard, 89-71, and Washington State knocking off Saint Joseph's, 75-71.

Tonight's game was aired live on ESPNU, and marked the first Hornet game on an ESPN platform channel since 2005. Unfortunately, Sacramento State played its worst game of the season, shooting just .358 (19-53) from the field, .261 (6-23) from the 3-point line and .444 (8-18) from the free throw line. The Hornets had just 11 assists compared to 22 turnovers, and were outscored in points off turnovers by a 26-15 margin.

In the first half, Sacramento State scored just 14 points and went into the break trailing, 49-14. The 14 points tied for the second lowest output in a half during the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.). In that first half, the Hornets were ice cold, shooting 6-of-26 from the field, 0-for-13 from the 3-point line and 2-of-8 from the free throw line with two assists and 13 turnovers.

Sacramento State got better in the second half, getting outscored by just two points (40-38). However, the first half damage had been done and San Diego State led by double figures the final 37:33 of the game.

San Diego State's 89 points were easily the most allowed by the Hornets all season, as 72 by Colorado State in the season opener had been the previous season high. The Aztecs shot .475 (29-61) from the field, .400 (10-25) from the 3-point line and .778 (21-27) from the free throw line. San Diego State had a 50-26 advantage in rebounding, and nine steals.

Hornet forward Justin Strings finished with team highs in points (10) and rebounds (7), as the fourth-year senior scored in double figures in his 25th consecutive game dating back to last year. Kevin Hicks (2-for-5 from the 3-point line) added eight points and Jeff Wu had seven points and two assists without a turnover. Joshua Patton had five points, four rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.

All 12 healthy Sacramento State players appeared in tonight's game, which included junior Cristian Perez and freshman Jamion Wright scoring their first points as a Hornet.

Four San Diego State players scored in double digits, comprised of Devin Watson (12), Matt Mitchell (11), Trey Kell (11) and Jeremy Hensley (10).