McDaniels, Hemsley lead San Diego St. past Air Force, 81-50

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jalen McDaniels had 16 points, on 7-of-10 shooting, and 13 rebounds to help San Diego State beat Air Force 81-50 on Saturday night.

Jeremy Hemsley added 14 points, while Max Montana and Devin Watson scored 13 apiece, for the Aztecs.

San Diego State (13-8, 5-5 Mountain West) had lost four of its past five games before defeating the Falcons for the 13th straight time at Viejas Arena

Air Force (8-13, 2-7) dropped its third consecutive game and its seventh in the last nine. Lavelle Scottie, the only Falcons player to score in double figures, had 16 points.

Air Force shot just 20 of 61 (32.8 percent) from the field. In SDSU's last game, the Aztecs allowed the UNLV to shoot 58.6 percent - the highest mark against a San Diego State team in 11 seasons.

SDSU, which was never threatened in the second half, was up 35-21 at halftime after making 8 of 16 from 3-point range. Air Force hit just 2 of 13 (15 percent) 3-pointers and made just 9 of 32 (28.1 percent) from the field in the first half. Scottie was 5-of-8 shooting and scored 10 of Air Force's 21 points.

Matt Mitchell, Hemsley and Watson made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, giving SDSU a 19-7 lead.

That cushion grew to 16 points before the Falcons ended a nearly six-minute scoring drought on Sid Tomes' bucket.


Air Force: After snapping a 24-game conference road losing streak on Jan. 13 at San Jose State, the Falcons have dropped two of their last three away outings. Air Force is 6-31 all-time at SDSU.

San Diego State: The Aztecs were without senior guard Trey Kell (left ankle). Kell, who averages 10. 2 points per game, isn't clear when he'll be able to return. Hemsley started in place of Kell. ... SDSU's All-America running back Rasheed Penny was honored at the game. ... Rockies manager Bud Black, a member of the SDSU Hall of Fame, was in attendance.

Air Force is at home against Colorado State on Tuesday night.

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