David Batterson 12:30 p.m., Dec. 22
SDSU blows out UCSB
Aztecs shoot threes like it was a video game, blow out UCSB
The Aztecs dismantled UCSB on Thursday night at Viejas Arena. The final score was 84-70, but at one point SDSU led by 24 points. The Aztecs did give up a season high 70 points. While substituting heavily in the second half, they allowed the gauchos’ to outscore them 41-38. This was the 27th consecutive win by SDSU over teams from California.
The Aztecs shot lights out from 3-point range. They shot an incredible 65% from beyond the arc. Xavier Thames was 3-4, Chase Tapley was 6-8 and James Rahon was 2-4. Coach Fisher described their three point shooting abilities as “contagious.” Shooting 65% from 3-point land is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to the skilled Aztec shooters.
The Aztec formula continues to rack up wins. The Aztec formula is very basic: Either Tapley or Franklin has to have a good game, they must shoot three pointers effectively, and they must get contributions from all of their starters and bench. They definitely accomplished their goals. Tapley scored 23 points, the Aztecs shot 65% from beyond the arc and had five players scoring in double figures.
Kyle Boswell made the game look competitive. Without Kyle Boswell, UCSB would have been in big trouble. Boswell was 7-10 from the 3-point range and racked up 23 points. The Aztecs made it a point to play tight defense on him and he was still able to run around screens and get open looks. The Aztecs will have to work on their defensive adjustments so players like Boswell do not torch them this season.