The Aztecs set a new program record for largest margin of victory of 83 points blowing out the Firebirds 118-35. The Aztecs 118 points were the fifth most in program history and 10th most in a Division one game this season. The Aztecs also became the first division one team since 2000 to hold three straight opponents to less than 40 points.
The Aztecs dominated the game from the start outscoring the Firebirds 13-0 to start the game.
St. Katherine would be held without a field goal until a left-handed bank shot by Dante Miller 7:30 minutes into the first half.
The Aztecs would continue to dominate throughout the first half as they lead the St. Katharine Firebirds 63-17 at the half.
For the sake of moral victory the fact the Firebirds a NAIA school scored 17 points, six more than Southern Utah….a division one team did last week in the first half against the Aztecs is a testament to the Firebirds heart and effort.
The Aztecs would continue to dominate in the 2nd half as they outscored the Firebirds 55-18 on their way to a 118-35 victory.
Winston Shepard lead the Aztecs in scorning with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Dwayne Pollee II was second in scoring with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Steve Fisher after the game had this to say about the level of their recent competition.
“You might say look who we played, I might say look how we played.” Said Coach Steve Fisher
St. Katherine’s coach Scott Mitchell after the game on losing by 83 points to San Diego State.
“Well, I can thank God nobody got decapitated.”
Coach Mitchell was very thankful to Coach Fisher and the Aztecs for scheduling the game, saying
“As a little kid you want to go to Disneyland. As a grown-up basketball player living in San Diego, you want to play the Aztecs.”
The Aztecs return to the court next week as they begin Mountain-West Conference play on Wednesday on New-Years day at (7-4) Colorado State and then the Aztecs have their last non-conference game of the season against No. 16 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.