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The San Diego State Aztecs, ranked 24th, defeated 23rd-ranked Arizona State Basketball 80-68 on Thursday. It was also the first win against a team ranked 23rd in the league since the 2011-12 season. In this article I would like to discuss some of the more interesting aspects of the game, as well as some interesting statistics about the game. For the first time in school history, a Mountain West Conference (MW) team has beaten a ranked opponent in its home opener.
The Aztecs faced zone defense for the first time this season in their home opener against Arizona State. Since then, they have won two games in a row, defeating Santa Clara and Fresno State twice in that span. Things got better, for unexplained reasons, are the metrics used by the NCAA tournament selection committee.
The Aztecs have outscored their opponents by an average of 1.5 points per game, the second-best mark in the Pac-12, behind only Arizona.
The Aztecs (9-2, 2-0 Pac-12) travel to San Diego on Saturday, December 3, at 7 p.m. (PT) for the first of three road trips.
The Aztecs travel to San Diego State on Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m. (PT) for the first of three road trips in a row.
Wyoming won its only game of the week 78-74 against Fresno State on Saturday, and the Aztecs return home for their first home game against the Mountain West Conference's top team on Sunday, December 3.
The Rams improved to 6-1 while the Aztecs went down 6-2 and 0-1 in the league. SDSU leads the all-time series against Nevada 2-3, including a 1-4 record against the Wolf Pack since Nevada joined MountainWest in 2012-2013. Nevada has played 2-for-3 from 3-point range and 1-for-1 from the free throw line in its last three games as it struggled to stop teams at its base man-to-man.
The defense set the tone for the Aztecs, but Holland also wants to step up on offense. The leading scorer for Arizona State, who is averaging 17 points per game, shot 56.0% while scoring against SDSU. Deon Stroud scored his second consecutive double-double - a double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Aztes are shooting a conference - leading 38.3 percent from deep and have made 14 3s in their last two games.
David Roddy, who scored 15 points and 12 rebounds for San Diego State, finished with 19 points, 13 of them in overtime, in the 75-53 victory. The Aztecs' leading scorer, Deon Stroud, the team's second leading scorer, has 43 points from two games against Boise State.
The Rams built a 14-0 run to cut the Aztecs' lead to 50-49 midway through the second half. Chance Bell ran for a 5-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and transfer Nebraska's Bebe D'Angelo Russell ran for a 3-yard touchdown to lift San Diego State to 21-0. The Rams (2-2, 1-1 Mountain West) scored on their first possession of the third quarter on a 5-yard run by ChanceBell in the second quarter.
Colorado State finished the game with a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to earn the win. The Aztecs (2-2, 1-1 Mountain West) led by 49 points in the third quarter, the largest in MountainWest history and surpassing the previous record of 49 points set by San Diego State's 49-38 victory over Utah State on November 4, 2012. Colorado State has closed games on the road in back-to-back weeks for the first time since earning a 77-70 victory on February 15 against San Jose State (3-3, 0-0). The biggest comeback in CSU history came when the Rams went from 19 in the fourth quarter to a 78-72 victory at San Francisco on October 14, 2014.
Arizona State scored a couple of points in the end to make the loss respectable, but it was unable to hold on to the lead for long as the Aztecs scored three quick points to take a 14-0 lead over the Sun Devils with 4: 19 to play. San Diego State recovered from its loss to BYU and was too much for Arizona State (2-2, 0-1 Mountain West) to knock it out 80-68 on Thursday. After a 72-62 loss at BYU on Saturday to bounce back with a win over San Jose State on Sunday in the second game of a back-to-back week, the school's best start in school history is three straight wins.
The game remained a handful of points between the Aztecs, who led by as many as 10 points in the first half and as many as 14 in the second half.
San Diego State scored its final basket with 4: 54 remaining in the game, missing five shots and turning the ball three times, and turned it once for the final 1: 53. San Diego State committed four fouls and was 0-3 and 0-1 on the line. The Air Force, which is rebuilding at home, is hosting home and away games against Colorado State and San Jose State on Saturday, January 6.