You didn’t assume it might get any worse?
Nicely, it did.
San Diego State managed simply 14 points in the first half towards a group rated 288th in the NET metric, missed its first 14 straight three-level attempts and collapsed down the stretch despite having free throws to make it two-level recreation with 4:50 to go. The end result: a sixty four-forty eight loss at Air Drive on Saturday afternoon that, mercifully, was aired solely on ESPN3’s Web stream.
Air Drive entered the day 5-10 general and had lost its first three Mountain West video games by a mean of 15.7 points.
The Aztecs at the moment are 9-7 general and 1-2 in convention. They host New Mexico on Tuesday.
The one cause the opening 20 minutes weren’t the Aztecs’ worst half in current memory (and perhaps historical past) was as a result of they scored only 9 in an infamous first half at Wyoming in 2013. The 14 points have been the second fewest allowed by an Air Pressure opponent in Mountain West history, trailing solely the thirteen BYU scored in 2005.
And thoughts you, the Falcons weren’t exactly stellar themselves. They shot 30 % in the half (9 of 30) and missed 13 photographs behind the arc, and in one stretch missed eight consecutive photographs.
But the Aztecs, onerous as it is to think about, have been much more putrid. Their first half numbers: 5 of 22 capturing (22.7 %), zero-7 on 3s, one help, seven turnovers towards no strain, eight offensive rebounds allowed.
Coach Brian Dutcher went with the identical starters from Tuesday’s 30-point win towards Wyoming, which means true freshman Nathan Mensah jumped the opening tip and Jeremy Hemsley got here off the bench after lacking Wyoming with the flu. Joel Mensah has the flu now and didn’t make the journey. Nolan Narain, nonetheless recovering from a head-to-head collision final Saturday, was on the trip however didn’t go well with up.
Dutcher opened in a 2-3 zone, with Mensah within the middle. It appeared to work until Mensah went to the bench midway by way of the half together with his second foul, both for going over the again on rebounds.
Air Pressure led 12-10 on the time. Halftime rating: 28-14.
Included in there was a 7½-minute stretch where the Aztecs didn’t have a basket, going zero of 6 on photographs with three turnovers. Air Drive, meanwhile, heated up from the surface towards the zone, and Dutcher switched to man – one thing he didn’t need to do with a young staff not schooled within the nuances of flare screens and backdoor cuts.
Mensah returned for the second half but obtained a fast third foul on one other over-the-again call. And his fourth with 17:fifty two to go.
Aguek Arop soon had four as nicely, and a bench already shortened by damage and illness acquired even shorter. It was solely a matter of time earlier than their legs and lungs caught up with them, and it did after a Jalen McDaniels jumper “reduce” Air Pressure’s lead to forty-30 and the Falcons missed at the different end.
As an alternative of an opportunity to slender it to seven or eight, Hemsley’s cross up courtroom was intercepted and Ryan Swan was fouled inside. He made the…