#24 Aztecs Edge Killer Anteaters 72-69 On Clutch 3-Pointer
SDSU issues a very dangerous U.C. Irvine team their second loss.
“I knew it was good. As soon as it left my hand I looked away. I looked back and I saw it was in.” – Micah Parrish
San Diego, CA- The #24 San Diego State Aztecs (5-2, 0-0 MW) escaped with victory over a seriously formidable U.C. Irvine Anteaters (6-2, 0-0 Big West squad, at a final score of 72-69, at Viejas Arena Tuesday evening, November 29th.
Micah Parrish sank a left corner 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining, to cement an SDSU win 72-69 win over UC Irvine. With the clutch swish, the hearts of the Anteaters, the Big West squad, collectively sank.
“I knew it was good,” Parrish said of his winning shot. “As soon as it left my hand, I looked away. I looked back and I saw it was in.”
Nathan Mensah had 18 points for the Aztecs.
DJ Davis scored 28 points to lead the Anteaters, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Davis was an impressive 4-for-6 on threes despite the Aztecs’ defense pressing to limit his shots behind the arc. Davis was a deadeye from 30 feet out, even while guarded, reminiscent of SDSU alum and Toronto Raptor Malachi Flynn.
The game was close from start to finish. San Diego State kept a small lead throughout the first half, ahead 32-30 at halftime. During the second half the lead went back and forth several times over.
Before the first half ended, long-time referee Larry Spaulding took a massive fall. He tweaked his leg, and fell to the ground mid full sprint. and it took several minutes for him to be helped off the court, leaving just two referees to on the floor for the balance of the game. There’s no word on whether doctors will save the leg.
Matt Bradley had 14 points for the Aztecs and dished the assist to Parrish for the game-clinching three pointer.
The Aztecs were 6-for-21 from behind the arc but hit several threes when it mattered the most.
The Anteaters host Fresno State on Saturday evening, December 3rd, and then hit the road for four of their next five games.
The Aztecs host Occidental College on Friday, December 2nd, and play host during five of their next six games. The Aztecs are currently 38-4 in their last 42 home games.