February 21, 2024
LAS VEGAS – San Diego State guard Lamont Butler (5) in motion throughout the second interval of the championship recreation on the Continental Tire Predominant Occasion. He would have a key steal in OT. Nov. 19, 2023, at T-Cell Enviornment. (Photograph by Marc Sanchez/Icon Sportswire)

Jaedon LeDee had one other monster recreation for San Diego State Sunday. And but it was simply barely sufficient to make them a 100-97 time beyond regulation victory over Washington.

LeDee, with a profession excessive with 34 factors and 17 rebounds, did a bit little bit of every little thing, together with steals and a few Jaedon jams.

Assistant Coach Chris Acker informed San Diego Sports activities 760, that it wasn’t straightforward, however, “finally, we’ll be capable of rejoice this and know we got here out with a victory.”

Each groups entered the championship recreation of the Continental Tire Predominant Occasion event
in Las Vegas with a report of 3-1, SDSU after a win over St. Mary’s and Washington following defeating Xavier.

The newest win might increase the Aztecs again into the High 25 of the nationwide polls. They’d been ranked #17 within the Related Press ballot however dropped out two weeks in the past after struggling
their first loss, to BYU.

The groups began off by buying and selling buckets, protecting the sport shut within the first jiffy.
LeDee stayed sizzling, on the way in which to pacing the crew with 13 factors within the first half. He gave the Aztecs their first lead of the sport, 9-8, with 16:10 on the clock.

However the Huskies hung round, because of early three-pointers and 75% capturing on free throws.

The Huskies took their largest lead of the sport after a dunk by huge man Frank Kepnang put them up by seven. However as halftime approached, the Aztecs turned up the tempo, occurring a 6-0 run.

Then, seconds earlier than the break, ahead Micah Parrish stole the ball and guard Darrion Trammell hit a fall-away jumper for 3 factors giving the Aztecs a 43-40 lead going into the half.

When the Aztecs returned to the court docket, they constructed their result in seven, however the Huskies fought again, occurring their very own 6-0 run. They ultimately took the lead however a three-pointer from Miles Byrd, his first of the yr, adopted by a Jay Pal bucket, put the Aztecs again in entrance.

The Huskies ultimately got here again to tie it, however one other basket from Pal and a 3 from Parrish pushed the Aztecs out additional. LeDee heated up, getting three baskets in a row for a 71-64 lead, to tie the Aztecs’ largest benefit of the sport.

After which the Aztecs opened the throttle even additional, occurring a 7-0 run, capped by a steal and slam from Lamont Butler, giving them a 12-point lead with 5:12 to go. With time operating out, Washington tried to press the Aztecs they usually partially succeeded, however one other Jaedon jam stored the lead in double digits with three minutes to go.

The whole lot was going the Aztecs’ approach. Till it wasn’t.

Washington, urgent the Aztecs, went on a 6-0 run. Then, a foul by LeDee – after an obvious non-call on a doable foul on Reese Waters – with simply seconds left allowed the Huskies to tie the sport at 85 and ship it to time beyond regulation.

The Huskies took the lead in time beyond regulation, with Keion Brooks, who hit jumpers on three straight possessions, main the scoring. However LeDee once more responded, hitting six key free throws and two baskets, the second of which permitting the Aztecs to go up 98-97. It was their first lead in OT, with simply 36 seconds left.

Then Butler stole the ball, main to 2 free throws by Waters that sealed the sport for the Aztecs. Washington’s Moses Wooden missed a 3 that would have tied the sport on the buzzer.

Acker credited Washington and their protection, however mentioned the Aztecs had been resilient. As for LeDee, he mentioned he’s been most impressed by his rebounding.

“I’ve simply seen a man that’s let the sport come to him. Minus the BYU recreation, he hasn’t pressured something,” Acker mentioned.

In Predominant Occasion’s comfort recreation, which preceded the SDSU contest, Xavier defeated St. Mary’s 66-49.

Up subsequent for the Aztecs is Cal at a impartial website, San Juan Capistrano for the SoCal Showcase. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. Saturday.