For much of the season, I’ve criticized the Aztecs because there hasn’t been anybody has stepped up as the role of a primary scorer (well not on a consistent basis at least). In other words, they lack the offensive firepower Xavier Thames and Jamaal Franklin provided in previous seasons. But when you can get four guys to score double-digit points in a game. I guess you don’t need one.
Steve Fisher seems to know the winning formula for this group of Aztecs. Physical defense and a score-by-committee approach.
That’s exactly what the Aztecs did Tuesday night against Fresno State. San Diego State was able to get revenge for the loss suffered on Jan. 3 as they took down the Bulldogs, 58-47, in front of their home crowd. The game was very one-sided as the Aztecs defense dominated most of the game. They held the Bulldogs to a 36.5% field goal percentage including 1 for 10 behind the arc.
But the biggest storyline was the Aztecs offense. They were able to produce four double-digit scorers. Which is the second time in the last two games(Colorado State). Senior point guard Aqeel Quinn led the charge with team-high16 points, with also contributions from senior forward J.J. O’Brien (12), junior forward Winston Shepard III (11), and junior forward Angelo Chol (10).
Often seen as the Aztecs Achilles heel (free throws) they were able to complete 71.4% of their free throws. That is only the third time all season that the Aztecs have completed over 70% on the line.
The Aztecs will need to string together more performances like the one on Tuesday night. Saturday night against Utah State will be a good indicator of where the team is headed.
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