The San Diego State Aztecs extended their season record to 26-7 in a dominating victory over the Colorado State Rams, 56-43 in the Mountain West Conference Tournament semifinal. The absence of J.J Avila (out with a sprained ankle) really hurt the Rams both on offense and defense. He led the team with 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds this season. As a result the Aztecs will appear in their fourth Mountain West Conference Championship in 5 years.
Offensively, the Aztecs did a stellar job. They were able to complete 44.2% (23-52) of their field goals, not to mention shooting 41.7% (5-12) from downtown. The Aztecs’ offensive success revolved around Winston Shepard III, Aqeel Quinn, and Dwayne Polee II. They combined for 44 of the 56 points scored in the game.
Winston Shepard was the top performer of the game with 16 points, five rebounds, and two assists. He showed some of his aggressive side by throwing down four earth-shaking dunks in the early minutes of the second half.
Aqeel Quinn settled down after starting the game 1-3 and had some clutch shots to finish with 16 points on the night.
A nice face to see playing well was senior forward Dwayne Polee II who missed most of a season with complications to his heart. He dropped 12 points and grabbed six boards. Which should make the Aztec fans feel optimistic of making a deep run in the March Madness Tournament.
It’s honestly boring to talk about the Aztecs’ defense. You know what you’re getting out of them. It’s not outlandish to think they will shut down opponents game in game out. The Aztecs held the Colorado State Rams to 32.1% (17-53) from the field and 30% (6-20) from the perimeter. Which marks the Aztecs fourteenth time this season that they kept their opponents under 50 points in a game.
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