UCSD @ SDSU
Nov. 27, 2004
SDSU Record: 2-1 overall Next Game: vs. San Diego on Wed., Dec. 1 at
Cox Arena (7:05 p.m. PST)
Attendance: 4, 102
Ties: 5 (at 2, 8, 14, 17, 19)
Lead Changes: 11
San Diego State Wins Second Straight; Opens Season 2-1
- San Diego State wins its second consecutive game and opens the campaign with a 2-1 record for the second straight season. A 2-1 record after three games matches the best mark to open an Aztec season since the 1994-95 squad opened 3-0. In the last nine seasons, SDSU has opened 2-1 on five occasions (1995-96, 1996-97, 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2003-04) and have averaged 15.2 wins in those five seasons and finished .500 or better in four of those five campaigns.
SDSU Career Highs Set Tonight
- Chris Manker - 23 points (previous high 18 vs. UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 19, 2004))
- Brandon Heath - nine assists (previous high 5 - two times)
- John Sharper - nine points (previous high 9 - two times)
- Tyler Smith - three points (previous high 1 vs. Monmouth (Nov. 22, 2004))
- Jared Ines - six points (had not previously scored)
Winning The America's Finest City Challenge
- The Aztecs continued their dominance over UCSD, running their all-time series record against the Tritons to 7-0.
- SDSU's 35-point margin of victory is the largest over a visiting team since a 98-53 win over UCSD on Nov. 27, 2001.
- With the win, the Aztecs improve to 27-16 all-time against San Diego schools (USD and UCSD) and are unbeaten in their last five games against San Diego schools.
Fisher Moves Into Top Five on Aztec Chart
- Tonight marked Steve Fisher's 72nd win on Montezuma Mesa, giving him sole possession of fifth-place on the SDSU all-time coaching victories list.
Winning At Cox Arena
- San Diego State is now 28-6 in their last 34 non-conference games and 27-4 against non-ranked opponents since Dec. 9, 2000.
SDSU Player Notes
- San Diego State senior Chris Manker recorded his second double-digit game of the season and the fifth of his career. Manker was 6-of-7 in the first 20 minutes and ended the first half with 12 points. He ended the game with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting and added five rebounds and three assists.
- Aztec sophomore guard Brandon Heath set a career-high with nine assists. He tied his career-high of five assists in the first half. He also added five steals.
- Junior John Sharper connected on three three-point field goals and became just the 17th Aztec to connect on 50 career treys. He is now in a tie for 16th place with 52 career three-point field goals. The junior also passed Al Faux for second on the school's career three-point field goal percentage chart. He tied his career-best with nine points in the game.
- Marcus Slaughter recorded his third consecutive double figure scoring game of the season and the 11th of his career. It marks the first time the sophomore has posted three straight double-figure scoring games in his career.
- San Diego State's first 14 points of the game came in the paint... The Aztecs first nine field goals were scored in the key... SDSU's frontcourt players tallied the Aztecs first 20 points of the game... The first field goal outside the paint and the first field goal by a guard was John Sharper's straightaway three-point field goal at 7:02...The Aztecs forced 14 Triton turnovers in the first half, which led to 11 Aztec points... San Diego State recorded 15 steals in the contest, marking the first time SDSU had at least 15 steals in a game since Dec. 28, 2002 against Florida Atlantic when they had 15 thefts... The Aztecs forced 27 turnovers for the first time since forcing Long Beach State into 26 turnovers in a 74-44 victory on Nov. 21, 2003... San Diego State improves to 26-10 in the Steve Fisher era when shooting 50 percent or better from the field... The Aztecs are 25-4 under Fisher when holding opponent to less than 60 points... SDSU is 2-0 this season and 56-19 in Fisher's tenure when outshooting its opponent from the floor... The Aztecs are 30-2 under Fisher when owning a better field goal percentage and committing fewer turnovers.