February 21, 2024
Miles Byrd with a dunk in opposition to St. Mary’s on the best way to a 79-54 win by SDSU. Photograph credit score: Display screen shot, ESPN+

San Diego State overpowered St. Mary’s within the second half Friday on the best way to a 79-54 win on the Continental Tires Primary Occasion event in Las Vegas.

The Aztecs once more acquired off to a quick begin, however the Gaels stayed shut, and with SDSU up 10-8, Alex Ducas and Aidan Mahaney hit back-to-back three pointers – Mahaney’s was off a turnover by Micah Parrish – to provide St. Mary’s its first lead.

The Gaels’ benefit grew to 6, till with 2:16 left within the half, Parrish grabbed a St. Mary’s turnover to hit a 3 and lower the deficit to 29-26.

After two free throws by Parrish and a dunk by Miles Byrd, San Diego State took the lead with simply over minute to go. The seesaw continued – St. Mary’s went up with 23 seconds left, on free throws by Joshua Jefferson, however Jaedon LeDee, with time ticking down, spun to place again a missed layup by Darrion Trammell.

The second-chance rating gave the Aztecs a 34-33 lead on the break. And LeDee wasn’t performed.

St. Mary’s would go up by three, however SDSU rode a 11-0 run – eight of them from LeDee – to overhaul the Gaels, 49-41.

The Aztecs adopted by shutting down their opponent down utterly, because the Gaels went chilly on 1-for-12 capturing. SDSU, nevertheless, remained sizzling, and with a 21-2 run over the ultimate six minutes, turned what had been a detailed sport right into a rout.

LeDee got here up enormous once more, to guide all scorers with 25. Reese Waters adopted with 19, whereas Parrish added 11 because the workforce shot 52% for the sport.

Assistant coach Dave Velasquez credited the workforce for making changes on the break, “responding to teaching and never being delicate to it.” 

“It acquired fairly private in that locker room at half time,” he informed San Diego Sports activities 760, whereas additionally crediting Parrish and Miles Heide for his or her defensive play.

SDSU will play within the event title sport at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, in opposition to both Washington or Xavier, which play within the late sport Friday.