The SDSU Aztecs traveled to Wyoming for a diffcult road game. Laramie has been one of the toughest arenas in the Mountain West and the Aztecs had trouble here in the past 2 years. This year they were prepared to play hard and they executed great team basketball.
Both these defenses are the best in the Mountain West. They have been shut down against their opponents and match up perfectly. The Aztecs were able to get an advantage through creating second chance shots.
Wyoming grabbed 5 offensive rebounds while SDSU grabbed 13 offensive rebounds. That is the difference maker in an 8 point game. Winston Shepard led the team with 6 rebounds and Angelo Chol had 5 rebounds. SDSU can keep this factor as an important strength that will always make a difference.
Aqeel Quinn led the team in scoring with 14 points. Quinn has been in the starting lineup with Dwayne Polee II out and he may never come out. Quinn has been lightning in a bottle when he hits the floor and he continues to compliment Winston Shepard perfectly.
Trey Kell was 2nd in scoring with 12 points and he had 9 from the free throw line. Kell was driving to the hoop and getting the smart fouls to tire out the Wyoming post players. This strategy may have been a reason they got ahead in rebounding. Kell continues to grow as an elite point guard and the sky is the limit for him.
Winston Shepard was 3rd with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Though he did not lead the team in scoring, he led them in rebounding. Shepard continues to establish himself as the leader of this team and makes an impact on all facets of the court. Shepard is the most dynamic player on this team and is a rising star in the NCAA.
SDSU’s next game will be at Viejas Arena vs. UNLV. The game is Saturday, January 17 at 3 p.m. Pacific on CBS Sports Network.