February 21, 2024
Reese Waters capturing from lengthy distance within the Aztecs’ Saturday win over Utah State. Picture credit score: Derrick Tuskan by way of goaztecs.com

With precisely a month left within the common season, San Diego State sits in a four-way tie for first place within the Mountain West, with No. 22 Utah State, No. 25 New Mexico and Boise State.

The Aztecs – again within the Related Press Prime 25 at No. 24 – stay on the street Friday, taking up Nevada (18-5, 5-4 MW), which has the convention’s hardest protection – sure, even more durable than SDSU’s (18-5, 7-3 MW).

The Wolf Pack are coming off a 77-63 street win over Utah State, a workforce San Diego State additionally defeated final week.

And SDSU, like Nevada, has received two video games straight. The Aztecs on Tuesday adopted up their win over the Aggies at residence with a 77-64 victory over Air Pressure (8-14, 1-9 MW). Of their commanding opening half, they achieved a uncommon feat, capturing 70% from the sector, 72.7% on three-pointers and 75% on free throws.

Reese Waters led SDSU with 15 factors, all on a career-high 5 threes. Each Jaedon LeDee and Micah Parrish had 14 factors and Lamont Butler added 11.

“We’ve shot it effectively the final three video games, which has made an enormous distinction in our efficiency,” mentioned head coach Brian Dutcher. “We’ve hit 10, 9 and 11 threes our final three video games and shot them at a excessive share. It makes us a way more harmful offensive workforce and now with the inside-out sport, we’re getting higher offensively.”

As for Nevada – which they defeated at residence 71-59 final month – they should cope with a workforce that matches up effectively with them on each side of the ball. The Wolf Pack on common scores 76.57 a sport, simply forward of the Aztecs at 76.26, whereas on protection they offer up 66.13 factors to SDSU’s 67.17.

Jarod Lucas scores nearly 17 a sport for Nevada and is sort of a lock from the free-throw line, at .912. Kenan Blackshear provides 15.65 factors and nearly 5 assists a sport.

With a bunch of proficient defenders on deck, Waters sees one other profit to his workforce’s sizzling hand – drawing defenses away from LeDee, the convention’s main scorer.

“Once I’m hitting,” the guard mentioned, “when Micah’s hitting, Lamont [Butler], Jay Pal, it’s going to open up the ground for Jaedon to have a neater time within the paint and never get handled on a regular basis.”

Tipoff in Nevada is ready for five p.m.