Iowa Men's Basketball

San Diego State rallies past Iowa in Las Vegas Invitational championship game

Hawkeyes lose 16-point lead, fall 83-73

San Diego State guard Malachi Flynn (22) drives the ball as Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp (10) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
San Diego State guard Malachi Flynn (22) drives the ball as Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp (10) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

LAS VEGAS — Malachi Flynn scored all of his 28 points after halftime to lead San Diego State past Iowa 83-73 as the Aztecs rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit in Las Vegas Invitational championship game on Friday night.

Flynn, the tournament’s MVP, also had five rebounds and four assists while going 9 of 9 from the free-throw line.

Jordan Schakel and Yanni Wetzell each had 14 points for the Aztecs (8-0) — their best start since 2010-11, when they were also was 8-0.

CJ Fredrick led Iowa (5-2) with 16 points. Connor McCaffery added 15 and Joe Toussaint had 13. Luka Garza, who is averaging over 20 points per game, had nine points on 3-for-8 shooting and eight rebounds.

San Diego State took the lead for good on Wetzell’s layup with 14:01 left after trailing by 16 with 3:05 remaining until halftime.

After the Aztecs led for most of the early portions of the first half, Iowa took the lead on a five-point possession, 20-17, after free throws by Toussaint and Garza. That also started a 22-4 run building Iowa’s largest lead at 37-21, before leading 41-32 at halftime.

This was the first meeting between the teams.

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