No. 22 Aztecs complete sweep in a defensive struggle
The Aztecs win a close one in a game where the star players never got going.
San Diego, CA — The San Diego State Aztecs completed their sweep of the Boise State Broncos Saturday afternoon.
The game was close wire to wire, with neither team being able to pull away from the other. The Aztecs held the lead for most of the game, and never trailed in the second half, but they could never pull away either.
Jordan Schakel led both teams in scoring, despite missing large parts of the game with foul trouble. He picked up two fouls early in the first half, and picked up a third two minutes into the second half. Schakel scored 17 points in only 18 minutes. Matt Mitchell struggled from the field, and finished with only 8 points on 11 shots, and shot an uncharacteristic 50% from the free throw line. He contributed in other ways though, contributing eight rebounds, two assists, and four steals.
Derrick Alston had a poor outing as well. He scored only 7 points on 2-12 shooting, and committed five turnovers. He did contribute 7 rebounds, but it was a performance that won’t help his Player of the Year odds.
Marcus Shaver and Devonaire Doutrive tied for the most points by a Boise St. player with 13 a piece, and Armus contributed 12 rebounds.
Boise’s loss drops them down to 4th place, and puts the Aztecs solidly in 1st place in the standings. Should the standings stay that way it sets the teams up for a potential rematch in the Conference Tournament Semi-finals.
By completing the sweep the Aztecs have added two quality wins to their resume. Boise currently stands at 35 in the NET, and if Boise State can finish it’s season with a couple of wins, they may move into the top 30, making them quad 1 wins for the Aztecs. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where the Aztecs don’t get an at large bid this season.
The Aztecs next game is at UNLV on March 3rd.
As for Boise, they take two losses, but they aren’t bad losses. The Broncos are still in good shape for an at large bid.They’re currently listed as a 10 seed on bracketmatrix.com. They are not a lock, but as long as they don’t take a bad loss they should be in the field.
The Broncos next game is at home against Fresno State on March 2nd.