#22 Aztecs Prevail Over Troy 60-55 In Edge-Of-Seat Thriller
Troy showed Aztecs fans the same steely resolve used to defeat the Florida State Seminoles and scare the Arkansas Razorbacks.
No rest for the weary! The banged up Aztecs grind out another win against a formidable opponent seeking an upset.
San Diego, CA – The #22 SDSU Aztecs (7-2, 0-0 MW) bested the Troy Trojans (6-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) 60-55 at Viejas Arena on Monday night.
On December 28th the Aztecs enter conference play battle hardened from one of the nations most difficult non-conference schedules. This squad has not surrendered to any team below the top 15 in the nation, and even in the face of certain doom they are finding ways to win.
A lot of prognosticators believed SDSU would beat Troy without much fuss, but this proved wrong. Teams are entering Viejas Arena with the firm belief that they can deal a loss to Brian Dutcher’s squad. And at Viejas, the Aztecs keep denying that possibility.
Matt Bradley led the Aztecs with 19 points on Monday night.
Darrion Trammell made a layup in traffic, converted two free throws and pretty much sealed the game after he forced a key steal in the final three minutes of play.
Aamer Muhammad scored 21 points for the Trojans.
Both teams had been averaging about 80 points per game. Troy played hard defense to limit the Aztecs to 4-for-22 shooting from behind the arc.
San Diego State’s defense limited the Trojans to 32.8% shooting for the game. The Aztecs shot 41.5% from the floor.
Troy hit seven 3s in the first half, but in the second half they only made two. Adjustments made by the Aztecs helped clinch the game.
Troy played without guard Duke Miles and forward Nate Tshimanga, who were both in concussion protocol. Additionally, forward Lydell Geffrard left the game with an apparent right knee injury after playing only two minutes in the first half.
The Aztecs won points in the paint versus Troy, 30-16, allowing them to get just enough offense for another gutsy win.
SDSU was 12 of 13 from the line.
SDSU travels to play St. Mary’s (6-3) at the Footprint Center in Arizona on Saturday, December 10th.. The Gaels are in a three-game losing streak after going 6-0, including a 75-65 victory over Vanderbilt.