After going 1-2 in the Maui Invitational and getting crushed by Duke by 26 and Iowa State by 30, the Aztecs looked to get back to their winning ways when they faced Jackson State on Tuesday evening. The Aztecs sure did and dominated from start to finish and beat the Tigers 87-44.
Multiple Double Digit Scorers
The Aztecs had five players who finished in double figures. San Diego State was led by forward Matt Mitchell and guard Jordan Schakel who each finished with 15 points. In addition, Forward Jalen McDaniels scored 14 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out four assists. While guard Devin Watson had 10 and Nolan Narain scored 11 points off the bench.
Sharing the Rock
SDSU did another tremendous job spreading the basketball around. San Diego State had 20 assists on 29 shots made. McDaniels and Watson each led the Aztecs with 4 assists. The high assist rate was caused because all five players were moving around instead of just standing and doing nothing.
SDSU did a great job pressing the Tigers out on the perimeter and forcing them to taking tough jump shots. It caused Jackson State to only shoot 25.9% from the field and 20% from three point range while forcing them to commit 23 turnovers. If the Aztecs keep maintaining that great energy they will continue this great play and will equal more wins.
One part of this game that the Aztecs struggled in was keeping care of the basketball. They had 20 turnovers and a lot of them had to when they were forcing things. For example, like making a difficult pass or driving in the lane where there is multiple defenders. In future games the Aztecs need to clean up that aspect. If the Aztecs do they will be fine.