The San Diego State University Aztecs have invaded the Honda Center of Anaheim. We are going to rename the Honda center Viejas Arena North for the night. As we had predicted the crowd is 70-30 favoring the San Diego State Aztecs. The announced attendance at the Honda Center is 17,204 and I’d be willing to bet close that 13,500 of that is red and black. The starting five for San Diego State tonight were Jamaal Franklin, DeShawn Stephens, JJ O’Brien, James Rahon and Xavier Thames.
The Aztecs came out shooting flat. DeShawn Stephens who was injured in the Aztecs victory over USC was able to start the game as we had predicted. The Aztecs were able to hold a 31 to 27 lead over UCLA at halftime. The top defensive players in the first half of the game were DeShawn Stephens and Jamaal Franklin. The Bruins 2-3 zone was able to hold the San Diego State Aztecs to 12 for 19 (41.4%) shooting from the floor, 5-15 (33.3%) from beyond the arc and 2-2 (100%) from the free throw line. The Aztecs and the Bruins were tied at 16 rebound apiece. The best player of the first half for San Diego State was DeShawn Stephens.
The Bruins 2-3 was horrible against the San Diego State Aztecs three-point shooting core of Jamaal Franklin and Xavier Thames. The Aztecs shot 27 for 54 from the field, 11-27 (40.7%) from beyond the arc and 13-14 (92.9%) from the free throw line. Three Aztecs shot double figures tonight lead by Jamaal Franklin with 28 points and 7 rebounds, Xavier Thames 19 points and DeShawn Stephens 12 points. The Aztecs have now won 26 straight games against school from California, 11 straight wins aginst Pac 12 schools and have won 48 straight when leading with 5 minutes left in the game.The San Diego State shot the lights out in the second half of the game. San Diego State has now won against ever top basketball program on the west coast. Aztecs are now a conference to be reckoned with.
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