Aztecs Go On The Road And Get A Big Win Against The Rams
Jalen McDaniels has a big game to lead the Aztecs to victory
San Diego State gets a win behind Jalen McDaniels’s double-double
Colorado State entered last night’s game against San Diego State 7-0 at home. When the second half buzzer sounded the Rams picked up their first home loss of the season and the Aztecs joyfully left to the visiting locker room with a 77-68 victory.
San Diego State was led by redshirt freshman Jalen McDaniels who recorded his third double-double of the season (a career high 19 points and 10 rebounds). Jeremy Hemsley added 13 points off the bench and Trey Kell and Devin Watson both scored 11 points each. J.D. Paige scored a game high 22 points to lead Colorado State.
The game was a grind it out type game with the largest lead being nine points by the Aztecs. In the first twenty minutes the Aztecs jumped out to an early 7-0 lead only to fall behind when the Rams made a run. The two teams shot the ball below 40% and after an ugly first half the Aztecs led by three, 34-31.
In the second half both teams got their offense rolling and the game began to become more palatable. Again the Aztecs got out to a slight lead, however the Rams refused to go away and kept themselves within striking distance.
At the end of the game the seniors for San Diego State came up with some key baskets to help seal the victory. Kell hit a big three pointer with 1:14 left in the game to extend the lead to five points and after a Paige jumper that cut the lead back to three, Malik Pope came back and hit a short jumper to extend the lead back to five with 32 seconds left in the game. From there the Aztecs hit their free throws and the Rams would not make another shot.
San Diego State is off this Saturday and will host San Jose State on Tuesday. Colorado State hosts Fresno State on Saturday.