February 21, 2024
Jaedon LeDee, right here blocking a shot in opposition to Cal State Fullerton, additionally set a profession excessive with 27 factors within the season opening win at Viejas Area. Picture credit score: Display screen shot, FS1

San Diego State, led by Jaedon LeDee and Micah Parrish, rode a second-half surge Monday to a 83-57 season-opening win over a pesky and bodily Cal State Fullerton crew.

No. 17 SDSU is able to flip the web page, shifting the main target to a brand new season, however there was nonetheless some pomp and circumstance put aside to have fun the crew’s large success in 2022-23.

Head coach Brian Dutcher and the present Aztecs watched as banners had been raised in Viejas Area, not solely to have fun final 12 months’s Mountain West titles, but additionally their first time within the Remaining 4 on the NCAA Event.

Dutcher expressed his gratitude for Monday’s environment at Viejas – “it was implausible” – but additionally instructed San Diego Sports activities 760 “our eyes are on the longer term and what we’re going to do that 12 months.”

To that finish, San Diego State jumped out to a 14-0 lead within the opening 4 minutes of the sport solely to see the benefit evaporate. The Titans on the half had drawn inside two, 37-35.

Either side had been dogged by turnovers within the opening half – eight every. Neither crew was scorching from three-point distance, with each hitting simply 4 – on 18 makes an attempt by SDSU and 14 by Cal State Fullerton.

The Titans pulled inside one simply after the break, then LeDee took over, because the Aztecs outscored their opponents 46-22 within the second half.

Of LeDee, who scored 27, a brand new profession excessive, and added 10 rebounds, Dutcher mentioned, “Jaedon’s gonna be a handful for everyone this 12 months.”

SDSU Mountain West Viejas Arena
The Remaining 4 banner in Viejas Area. Picture credit score: Display screen shot, FS1

Parrish overcame early foul bother to have 17 factors, 5 of them on three-pointers, and the switch Reese Waters, in the meantime, made a robust impression in his SDSU debut, with 15 factors.

Subsequent up is BYU, at 6 p.m. Friday, on the street, the place the Cougars have given the Aztecs matches – SDSU is 4-30 in Provo. And BYU opened with an much more lopsided win Monday, routing Houston Christian 110-63.

For Dutcher although, the early problem can be formative for his crew, significantly for gamers like Elijah Saunders and Miles Byrd who can be on the courtroom way more this 12 months.

“I need to see how battle powerful and examined we’re,” he mentioned.