There can be no blowout for the Aztecs Thursday, however after a sluggish begin, San Diego State pulled away within the second half at Viejas Area to earn a 74-60 victory over Stanford.
Head coach Brian Dutcher stated he was apprehensive about Stanford and known as it win, however he wasn’t happy.
“We’ve got to get higher in a number of areas,” he stated.
The Aztecs have been coming off a runaway 91-57 win over decrease division Saint Katherine going into the Stanford recreation. Although the buckets rained down Tuesday, drought-like situations prevailed towards the Cardinal because the Aztecs struggled to make baskets.
Almost midway via the primary interval, they’d made solely 30% of their subject targets, with the Stanford protection at occasions forcing them to make photographs within the remaining seconds of their possessions.
After the Cardinal had taken a 10-5 lead, momentum began to show when guard Miles Byrd hit a three-pointer because the shot clock expired to tighten the sport at 10-8 with 12 minutes to go within the half.
The Aztecs would quickly tie it at 10, after which Stanford took the lead. A Lamont Butler three tied the sport once more at 13 and his layup 4 minutes later tied the sport once more at 21.
Stanford responded once more, however guard Micah Parrish hit a nook three to chop the result in 26-25.
One other Byrd three gave SDSU a 30-28 lead, just for Stanford to knot it up once more.
Then guard Darrion Trammell picked time to attain his first factors of the sport, sinking two free throws earlier than driving to the basket for 2 factors on the buzzer to offer the Aztecs a 34-32 lead on the half.
The second half was a special story for the Aztecs. They got here out with renewed vitality, going 6 for six on subject targets to start out the half.
The offensive burst featured some stellar play from Jaedon LeDee, who opened with a Jaedon jam to offer SDSU a 47-35 lead that compelled Stanford to name a fast timeout.
It didn’t assist. LeDee then blocked a shot on the basket from Stanford’s 7-1 ahead Maxime Raynaud that drew a roar from the gang.
From there, the Aztecs continued constructing their lead, till consecutive three-pointers
from ahead Jay Pal pushed it to 60-45.
From there, San Diego State by no means misplaced their double-digit lead and Butler, who led the group with 18 factors, added his third three of the sport as an exclamation level.
Butler, who had been in a hunch, stated he has been placing in numerous time the fitness center making an attempt to regain his shot.
“I simply felt comfy, and credit score to my teammates for locating me,” he stated.
Protection was additionally an enormous issue because the Aztecs had 9 steals on the sport, whereas benefitting from 16 turnovers by Stanford.
“We do job pressuring at residence,” Dutcher stated.
Stanford fell to 5-5, whereas the Aztecs’ win leaves them at 10-2 on the season, with one recreation remaining earlier than Mountain West play begins.
However that recreation is a doozy – an enormous matchup on the street Dec. 29 towards perennial powerhouse Gonzaga.
“We love the problem,” stated Butler. “Gonzaga is a extremely good group.”
There have been 10 lead adjustments and 9 ties … The Aztecs stay undefeated at residence, which is not any shock. Because the starting of the 2009-10 season, SDSU has the seventh finest residence file within the nation at 204-25 … The Aztecs and the Cardinal met for less than the sixth time, with Stanford main the sequence 4-1 … Pal, who suffered a damaged nostril in Tuesday’s recreation, performed carrying a transparent face guard Thursday … Getting within the vacation spirit, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus led the “I consider that we’ll win” chants in The Present’s pupil part … Dutcher held his toddler granddaughter in the course of the post-game press convention, joking that she’s coachable.