It was never supposed to be a pretty game. When two top 20 (at the time) defenses play against each other, no one should expect a lot of points. Those games are often matches where the first team to score 60 points wins.
On top of that, Boise St. was playing their third game in five days, and San Diego St. was coming off of a two week Covid pause. The game was never going to be pretty.
What fans got though, was down right ugly. Both teams combined scores the same amount of points the Aztecs scored against Colorado St. alone a few weeks ago.
The teams shot a combined 29.4% from the floor, and 25.7% from deep. Elite defense showed out on both ends. The Aztecs now rank 3rd in the country defensively in KenPom, while the Broncos rank 9th.
The Aztecs struggled to start the game, not scoring their first points until almost six minutes had passed. They came back from being down 6-0 to lead at halftime 23-22.
The second half started in a similar way but the Broncos took advantage. The Aztecs scored only one point in the first ten minutes of the second, and Boise St. went on a 13-1 run to build an eleven point lead.
Then the Aztecs defense went into overdrive, and Boise St didn’t score for the next ten minutes. During that time the Aztecs went on a 13-0 run of their own, taking a 37-35 lead. Tyson Degenhart broke the run by hitting a couple free throws to tie the game, and Marcus Shaver Jr. hit a dagger shot similar to the one he hit against Utah St. to seal the win.
Boise St. is now on a twelve game win streak, and is set to play Wyoming at home on Tuesday. It will be a matchup of undefeated teams in conference play.
The Aztecs get one day off before playing UNLV at home on Monday. They beat UNLV on the road 62-55 while missing both point guards Trey Pulliam and Lamont Butler. Winning the game will be important for the Aztecs to stay in the race for a top-5 conference finish.