Jan. 3, 2005
Final Stats |
Final Score: San Diego State 64, South Dakota State 49
SDSU Record: 6-7 overall Next Game: at Brigham Young, Sat., Jan. 8, at Marriott Center (6:00 p.m. PST)
Lead Changes: Four
San Diego State Defeats South Dakota State In Final Non-Conference Game Of The Season
San Diego State has won the four out of the last six non-conference finales in the Fisher Era. When the Aztecs win their last non-conference game, they have finished with a record of .500 or better with two of those teams qualifying for the postseason (2002 and `03). In those three seasons (2001, `02, `03), SDSU has gone a combined 51-40 overall.
The Aztecs are 5-0 in the first game of the New Year in the Steve Fisher era and have won eight of the their last nine to start the New Year.
SDSU shot 42.4% from the field and is now 5-0 this season when shooting 42% or better from the field.
The Aztecs held the Jackrabbits to 30.8% shooting for the game, the second-lowest total for any Aztec opponent this season. SDSU improves to 3-0 and 35-6 in the Fisher Era when its opponents shoots less than 40.0%.
South Dakota State's 49 points is the fewest an Aztec opponent has scored this season and the lowest since the first game of last season when Long Beach State scored 44.
All nine players for San Diego State scored.
SDSU Player Notes
Brandon Heath has made at least one three-pointer in his last 14 games and has scored in double figures in 13 straight games against Division I schools.
The Aztecs are 5-0 when Heath records five or more assists. Tonight marked the fourth time this season that the sophomore guard has dished out at least six assists.
Marcus Slaughter has scored in double-digits in all 13 games this season.
Chris Walton tied his season high for rebounds with four. He grabbed four rebounds in his second game of the season at Iowa State.
Freshman guard Tyler Smith made two shots from behind the arc. His two three-point field goals tie his career high set against Cal State Fullerton when he went 2-for-4.
The Aztecs allowed just 21 points in the first half, their lowest this season since giving up 22 to UCSD in the second half of that game.
In its last seven games, San Diego State has averaged 4.4 three-point field goals. Tonight, the Aztecs were 6-for-16 from three-point range.
SDSU set a season high for blocks with nine tonight. Its total is the highest since the 2001-02 season when they recorded 11 against Wyoming on Jan. 21.
SDSU is 4-1 when Smith connects on at least one three-pointer and 2-0 when he makes two.
The Aztecs are 4-1 this season when holding their opponent to 60 points or less. SDSU held opponents to 60 points or less only three times last season.