San Diego State is on a hot streak moving back into the top 25. They are in their groove and can press forward as Dwayne Polee II made his return. There is no better time to get hot with the team healthy, all players falling into their team roles, and the NCAA tournament on the horizon.
The Aztecs defense has been lethal as anyone in the country but their offense has been a missing factor. They have found the winning formula with Aqeel Quinn, Matt Shrigley, Winston Shepard, J.J. O’Brien, and Skylar Spencer starting. Having the firecrackers of Trey Kell, Malik Pope, Angelo Chol, and Dwayne Polee II makes them deep as any tournament team. Steve Fisher has finally found the winning formula.
Fisher talked about the return of Dwayne Polee II after the game, ” I said to the team the most important thing about this game is that we get to welcome back Dwayne Polee II. I shook his hand, they cheered like crazy and Dwayne smiled. It was neat to get him home. He is back home on the basketball court.”
Dwayne Polee II has been missed on the basketball court. He has been out since early January and having him back gives them the 6th man they need. The blessing in disguise from him being out is Malik Pope and Trey Kell got some development time. Now the 3 of them can come off the bench with fire and Angelo Chol welcomes them on.
Winston Shepard led the team in scoring with 20 points and 6 rebounds. J.J. O’Brien was there too with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Trey Kell came off the bench with 12 points and 2 assists. The Aztecs have found their leaders in the starting lineup and the bench players are in their groove.
The Aztecs get some rest until Saturday, February 28 when Boise State comes to San Diego. The Aztecs lost at Boise so it will be a test to get an important win. The Mountain West tournament is approaching and that will factor into NCAA March tournament seeding.