SDSU MBB Wins, Still More to Work On

Game recap of Aztecs 65-63 win against the Arizona State Sun Devils

Heading into the fourth game of the year after a rough loss at BYU, SDSU looked to show their dominance. Matched up against a PAC-12 team that recently fell to UC Riverside on a half-court three at the buzzer, ASU was without one of their leading scorers, Marcus Bagley.

SDSU had just beaten UC Riverside 66-53 a little over a week ago. A 13 point win against an average team, ASU only lost to UCR by one point. While many expected a dominant win against a team without Marcus Bagley, that was not the case. 

The first half was highlighted by high energy from starting power forward Keshad Johnson but other than that, there wasn’t anything for SDSU fans to look forward to in the second half. At the half, the Aztecs were down two. This is against a team that last year in the PAC-12 was 11-14!

Early in the second half, Coach Dutcher called a timeout after going down 6. Luckily, after Lamont Butler was fouled, he knocked down the first free throw and missed the second, but the Aztecs grabbed the rebound and Adam Seiko knocked down one of the biggest threes of the night. If it weren’t for this series it could have gotten ugly, quickly.

In the final minutes, the play was sloppy and it did not look like the Aztecs would send their fans home happy. Matt Bradley was at the line shooting free throws, and if he knocked down both attempts, the worst outcome possible would be overtime. Bradley missed the second free throw, ASU grabbed the rebound, pushed it up the court, and had what felt like eight attempts to win the game. ASU went on to airball their final attempt and the fans were finally able to breathe again.

The last few sequences were hard to watch, with so many offensive rebounds and chances to win the game for ASU. A win is a win but of the three wins for the Aztecs this year, none of them have shown them to be contenders against some of the more dominant teams they’ll go on to face this season.

Hear my thoughts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sdsu-basketball-talk-w-cook-talks/id1584585210?i=1000542434092 

My thoughts and experience: https://youtu.be/16tV4M4x5bA 

Written by: Carson Cook

SDSU MBB Needs to Play Better

Recap of the 66-53 win over UC Riverside on Nov. 9

SDSU MBB returned to Viejas Arena on Tuesday to face off against UC Riverside. The Aztecs looked to show their dominance after a sort of disappointing win against St. Katherine.

Any win is good, especially if it’s starting off the season 1-0. But for the Aztecs, these are not the wins that they should be ecstatic about. The Aztecs won by 13 against UCR but a double-digit win doesn’t tell the whole story.

The two teams were close throughout the entire game even being tied 13-13 with 11:38 left to go in the first half. Offensively besides Seniors Matt Bradley and Trey Pulliam, the Aztecs could barely buy a basket. Only two players for the Aztecs scored in double digits, Bradley 23 and Pulliam 15.

The team shot just 2-11 from deep and 18-29 from the line. Although the Aztecs won the rebound battle 34-26 it wasn’t pretty. Without Nathan Mensah on the court, the rebounding was sloppy and lackadaisical. 

Again, Sophomore Lamont Butler struggled in 16 minutes scoring just five points. Although Butler started in the preseason versus St. Katherine, Senior Adam Seiko started versus UCR. In 29 minutes Seiko scored zero points, had one assist and one turnover.

A bright spot for the team was Chad Baker-Mazara. In 16 minutes, he brought energy, energy, and more energy. Baker-Mazara had a crowd-raising block and knocked down three free throws early in the game.

After another game in Viejas Arena, the Aztecs still don’t look like a top 25 team in the nation. They struggle to shoot the three-ball and outside of Mensah, Bradley, and Pulliam they struggle to score the ball. Bradley is going to have to score the ball at a high rate if they want to have a chance in a competitive game. 

Once again, if the Aztecs want to be a top 25 team in the nation, THEY NEED TO PLAY BETTER! Next up will be a good matchup against an always competitive BYU team.

Full game recap: https://youtu.be/kuMumFKT_yA 

Written by: Carson Cook