The San Diego State Aztecs headed to Fresno State for a Mountain West snooze fest. A lot overlooked this game and the Aztecs may have been looking ahead at New Mexico because they got shocked by the Bulldogs. The game started at 10-0 with the Aztecs taking minutes to score and though they fought back, it was too late to get back in it.
It was a long first half for the Aztecs. Fresno State got the lead early at 10-0 and would not let go. The Aztecs continued to score and cut at the lead a little at a time. It was 34-19 at halftime and Aqeel Quinn would get the last shot which would be key for the final stretch.
In the 2nd half, Matt Shrigley and Aqeel Quinn got the Aztecs back in this game. It started 12 minutes in then at 9 minutes the game was tied at 40-40. They had too many turnovers late and though Shrigley and Quinn would try to get them back in it, lightning does not strike twice. SDSU lost 57-59 and it was because of horrible turnovers.
Coach Fisher thought the team came out flat, “Fresno State jumped out to a 10-0 lead, and we had three turnovers in our first four possessions, and our only shot was an air ball. So if you don’t shoot it and hit the rim, you’re going to have a hard time scoring. And if you don’t score, you’re going to have a hard time winning.”
The team set the tempo from the tip of the ball. They had 3 turnovers in their first 4 possessions and they could not gain control. They ended the game at 18 turnovers and when you lose by 2 points, there is a glaring weakness to your team.
Aqeel Quinn addressed overlooking Fresno State, “As a group, we were pretty focused. We had no disrespect for Fresno State. They hit some tough shots and came out fast. We saw them go in and that was that, we couldn’t do anything about it” The team got outplayed by Fresno State. They were not prepared for this game and even if Quinn did not overlook the team, some players on the team did.
Quinn led the team in scoring with 19 points, Shrigley came off the bench with 14 points, and Winston Shepard had 12 points. No other players were in double digits and the front court only had 3 points collectively. It would bode well for this team to pound the post more.
The Aztecs next game will be vs. New Mexico on Tuesday, January 6 at 8 p.m. Pacific on CBS Sports Network.