SDSU entered the second round of the EA Sports Maul Invitational coming off an overtime over BYU. Pitt is a tough defense with a methodical offense but SDSU played high powered on both sides of the ball. Trey Kell and Winston Shepard took charge and led the Aztecs to victory.
Trey Kell got the Aztecs offense started in the game. He made 6 straight points to get the team started and would finish at 15 total. He was forcing a few turnovers for his teammates and it opened up the game for Winston Shepard. Shepard had 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Shepard spoke a little bit about Kell after the game. ” I think these last two games the country is starting to see what we’ve known really since this summer. He’s a good player. I know it’s his first time playing point guard, but I thought he was being more aggressive this tournament and looking for his shot. That’s going to open it up for everybody.”
In return, Kell talked about the game from his perspective. “The first couple games came out tentative, nervous, the big stage, and over these past games I felt like myself out there, felt comfortable with my coaches and teammates pushing me to be aggressive. I’m helping the team and coming out with victories.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Pitt did not have an answer to score. Skylar Spencer, J.J. O’Brien, and Angelo Chol are forming an elite front. Coach Fisher talked about how great their defense plays, ” At times we’re going to say don’t switch anything. At times we’re going to say run double in the post. Sometimes we’ll say we’re not going to double. So I think we can say what do we think in this game will help us, and we’ve got a lot of different ways to go. I think good defensive teams can do that.”
It will be fascinating to see how the Aztecs offense rolls against their next opponent #3 Arizona. Arizona is a tough defense but the Aztecs are also a tough defense. We may see a low scoring game with key plays to find a winner.
The Aztecs next game will be against Arizona on ESPN at 7 p.m. Pacific