April 16, 2024
San Diego State junior guard Reese Waters (14) pushes towards the web towards the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Dec. 29 at McCarthey Athletic Middle in Spokane, WA. (Photograph by Oliver McKenna/Icon Sportswire)

San Diego State put within the work to get Gonzaga again on the schedule and the hassle paid off Friday in Spokane because the Aztecs knocked off the No. 13 Bulldogs 84-74.

Reese Waters had a game-high 22 factors and Darrion Trammell scored 17 in a bodily recreation by which the contact ramped up as Gonzaga (9-4) chased down – and nearly overtook – the surging Aztecs (11-2).

Within the locker room, SDSU assistant coach Dave Velazquez stated the workers reminded the group that Gonzaga had a sterling 77-1 document at residence over the past 5 years.

Now it’s 77-2.

“We come to those video games and we count on to win,” he advised San Diego Sports activities 760. “We’re not simply pleased to be right here.”

The Bulldogs twice constructed up average cushions within the opening half, however the groups largely performed shut with Trammell stepping up when the Aztecs wanted him most.

Waters set the tempo for SDSU early with a jumper and a three-pointer, however Gonzaga nonetheless established a 19-13 lead thanks to 2 consecutive threes, by Dusty Stromer and Nolan Hickman.

Micah Parrish drew the Aztecs nearer with a layup, then Trammell took cost, dropping in two threes, each off turnovers, as a part of a 10-0 run to place SDSU up by 4.

But Gonzaga bounced again, and after the groups have been tied up at 27, went up by eight because the Aztecs entered a four-minute scoring drought. However they heated up within the waning minutes of the half.

Miles Heide slammed residence a shot off a move by Waters, and Trammell, who scored 15 within the half, managed to drop a protracted three on a desperation heave because the shot clock expired to make it 37-34 Gonzaga.

Waters added a jumper and Elijah Saunders a layup to take SDSU into the locker room up by one.

The Aztecs gained the benefit regardless of foul bother for Parrish and Lamont Butler, who had two every earlier than the break.

Although the groups have been tied up at 42 shortly after play resumed, SDSU jumped on Gonzaga turnovers on the way in which to constructing the most important lead of the sport.

Jaedon LeDee, hounded by the Bulldogs many of the night time, began an 18-3 SDSU run by which Waters had the new hand, placing the Aztecs up 62-47.

Gonzaga, although, isn’t referred to as a powerhouse for nothing. The Bulldogs dialed up the protection, and SDSU, rattled, misplaced the momentum. Butler additionally discovered himself on the bench along with his fourth foul with greater than 10 minutes to play.

The lead would dwindle to only three after a jumper by Ryan Nembhard left Gonzaga trailing 68-65. However two Aztecs photographs from lengthy distance settled the group – together with a jumper by Waters and one from Miles Byrd deep within the nook with 5:19 on the clock.

SDSU maintained a lead of a minimum of seven factors the remainder of the way in which, and Gonzaga didn’t sluggish the sport down within the stretch, selecting to not foul as time wound down.

LeDee completed with 20 factors, including seven rebounds and three assists. Graham Ike led Gonzaga with 20 factors and 10 rebounds.

San Diego State opens convention play Wednesday with two straight at residence. First up: Fresno State, adopted by UNLV.