After having eight days off since the regular season opener win vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the Aztecs dominated Texas Southern and won by 39 by the score of 103-64. San Diego State had a ton of positives from this blowout win.
San Diego State had six players who finished with double digit points. The Aztecs were led by forward Matt Mitchell who had 21 points, Jordan Schakel finished with 16 while making his second start of his career. Forward Jalen McDaniels and guard Devin Watson both had 14. Also, Jeremy Hemsley had 10 and forward/center Nathan Mensah finished with 11 points off the bench. Devin Watson was the only player who played over 30 minutes and everyone, but redshirt freshman guard Adam Seiko and senior walk on Michael Sohikish scored.
The Aztecs did a lot better rebounding this game then the exhibition vs. Chaminade and the first game against Arkansas- Pine Bluff. You can tell SDSU really worked on their rebounding this last week of practice. It started off from the tip. Six minutes into the game, the Aztecs had a 15-4 advantage over the Tigers. San Diego State finished off with 48 rebounds while Texas Southern had 36. Six Aztecs had at least five rebounds, with McDaniels leading San Diego State with nine.
San Diego State did another tremendous job of sharing the basketball. In the Aztecs half court sets and fast break, the five players on the court were moving around. Whether it was setting screens or cutting to the basket, the Aztecs were all moving around. Because of this, San Diego State had 18 assists on 34 field goals made. Watson did the best job setting up his teammates, finishing with eight assists.
San Diego State did an amazing job of defending the slashing and scoring Texas Southern Tigers. The Aztecs held Texas Southern to 33% shooting and only 19% from beyond the arc. Hemsley, who is viewed as the Aztecs best defender held LSU transfer guard Jalyn Patterson to five points on only 2-8 shooting. San Diego State did a great job at the rim where they had four blocks and played amazing on the perimeter where they had seven steals.