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Story by Liz Alper
Video courtesy goaztecs.com
January 16, 2018 (San Diego) - After a tough road loss to Boise State, SDSU men's basketball is home tomorrow night against Fresno State. Head coach Brian Dutcher and junior guard Devin Watson held a short press conference today.
"Coming off a tough road loss at Boise State, a game in which I thought we played really well," Dutcher opened with. "we had opportunities to win, but couldn’t finish the job. We’re back at home and still in the conference race...We have a very big game against Fresno State, a team that I thought would contend for the title and still has a chance to, in my opinion. They’ve suffered a couple of home losses so I know they’re hungry to try to get one of those back on the road. I’m anticipating a very aggressive, physical game from both teams. Both teams will be playing desperate, trying to get a win.”
Dutch and Devin talked about how to respond when it seems like everything the other team puts up is going in. Dutcher praised Watson. "“Devin (Watson) does a great job in that regard. He doesn’t let us get our heads down if the other team gets a good play or a good shot. He gets the ball in his hands, gets us down the floor and gets us into the next play. It’s nice having a point guard out there that doesn’t live and die on every basket. He gets us into the next play, the next moment and he did a good job keeping the team in the game in a hostile environment. When the other team was playing well, he did a great job on leading our team and keeping us into the game until obviously the very last three—to send it to overtime—that didn’t go in. Both teams deserved to win and unfortunately we weren’t the one that won.”
Watson: “It’s just next play. Every time you make a shot, whether it was a bank or a layup, we just got the ball out and outletted, got down the floor on offense. We really didn’t think too much about it.”
SDSU takes on FSU tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. at Viejas Arena.