The San Diego State Aztecs tipped off the fourth regular season game of the season against Arkansas Pine Bluff at Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University. The San Diego State Aztecs came out extremely flat and looked like they did against Syracuse on the USS Midway. The Aztecs could not figure out how to get the ball to drop early on.
PG – Xavier Thames
SG – Chase Tapley
SF – Jamaal Franklin
SF – JJ O’Brien
C – DeShawn Stephens
The game ended for Arkansas Pine Bluff at the 7:54 mark when they were down by five points. Aztecs went on a huge 15 to 1 run with in three minutes. The score was now SDSU 31 APB 10. The Aztecs would hold the lead at the end of the first half 36 to 14. The most impressive players of the first half for San Diego State were DeShawn Stephens with 6 points, 7 rebounds and Chase Tapley with 9 points and 4 rebounds. The Aztecs shot 13-36 from the floor, 6-14 from beyond the arc and shot 4-8 from the free throw line.
The Aztecs came out from the halftime break on fire with an 11 to 0 run against Arkansas Pine Bluff. The Aztecs looked the part in the second half as the team that can shoot light out and one of the nation’s best defensive teams. San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher emptied the bench with about 3:30 left in the game. Walk on Aaron Douglas got into the game a hit a huge three pointer that blew the lid off of the crowd at Viejas Arena. The most impressive players for San Diego State in the second half of the game were Jamaal Franklin with 7 points, 7 rebounds and Skylar Spencer with 6 points, 3 rebounds. The Aztecs shot 14-29 from the floor, 5-13 from beyond the arc and shot 10-17 from the free throw line.
The Aztecs would win this game handily. Jamaal Franklin (15 points, 12 rebounds) and DeShawn Stephens (11 points, 10 rebounds) would end the game with double-doubles. This was the first career double-double for DeShawn Stephens and the 16th double-double of Jamaal Franklin’s career. Freshman Skylar Spencer had the best game of his young career at San Diego State scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal. The coldest member of the Aztec team last night was James Rahon who was 2-13 from the floor and 0-6 from beyond the arc. With the victory San Diego State secured its nation-leading 21st consecutive winning month. This is what Arkansas Pine Bluff head coach George Ivory had to say about San Diego State following the loss.
“San Diego State shot the ball very well tonight. They were 11-out-of-27 from three and I think anytime you make 11 three’s you’re shooting it pretty good. I thought they did a great job defensively. They played hard all through the game and that’s what I expected out of a team ranked 25th in the country. We got to shoot the ball better from the three-point line and the free-throw line. They’re a great basketball team and I hope we can take something from this and learn how to be aggressive and execute the way they did tonight.” Via –GoAztecs.com
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