April 19, 2024
Jaedon LeDee led the Aztecs with 21 factors in opposition to Fresno State. Picture credit score: Chris Stone

It’s been every week of huge waves alongside the San Diego shoreline, fittingly, as a result of the Aztecs are using a reasonably spectacular wave of their very own.

San Diego State shredded Fresno State at Viejas Area Wednesday, rolling to a 74-47 victory for his or her fifth win in a row.

“Nicely, that’s a great way to open convention,” mentioned head coach Brian Dutcher. “It was a whole efficiency.”

The Aztecs (12-2, 1-0 MW) and the Bulldogs (7-7, 0-1) started Mountain West play with the groups browsing totally different waves.

The Bulldogs have been coming off a loss amid a stretch of 19 days with out a residence sport. The Aztecs, in the meantime, after a season-defining victory over perennial powerhouse Gonzaga final week, discovered themselves simply shy of the ultimate slot within the Related Press High 25.

Their final victory seemingly carried over because the Aztecs raced out to a 10-4 lead with guard Micah Parrish scoring half of their factors. Parrish added one other basket later because the Aztecs lead grew to 14-6.

The sport settled right into a tug of warfare for a short while, however the Aztecs picked up the scoring once more. Miles Heide got here off the bench, and acquired a rebound and a put again wile guard Miles Byrd added a protracted three-pointer.

Then it was time for the Jaedon LeDee present because the senior drove residence an alley-oop slam and a layup in back-to-back possessions. He added 4 extra factors as he closed out the half with a sport main 10 factors, propelling the Aztecs to a 39-26 lead at halftime. LeDee would end with a sport excessive 21 factors.

The second half was extra of the identical.

Senior Lamont Butler had seven factors to begin it off and LeDee continued his scoring, doing quite a lot of injury on the within and beneath the basket.

Jay Pal added a three-pointer and earlier than you knew it, the SDSU lead had jumped to twenty, then 30 factors with a little bit greater than six minutes to go.

Regardless of the double-digit lead, the Aztecs nonetheless dove for unfastened balls, fought for rebounds and
chased down the Bulldogs.

Nonetheless, it wasn’t all excellent news. The Aztecs completed the sport with out Reese Waters (ankle sprain) and Byrd (turf toe). However by the top, Dutcher was capable of substitute little-used gamers Cam Lawin and Ryan Schwarz. Freshman B.J. Davis additionally acquired important minutes.

Butler mentioned the workforce had put the Gonzaga win behind them.

“Our purpose is to win a convention championship,” he mentioned. “That began as we speak.”

Convention play continues at 1 p.m. Saturday because the Aztecs welcome UNLV to Viejas. The sport will likely be broadcast on CBS.