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Story by Liz Alper
Video courtesy goaztecs.com
December 1, 2017 (San Diego) - After the Wooden Legacy, SDSU men’s basketball took it crosstown to Jenny Craig Pavilion for a matchup with the Toreros. Brian Dutcher is convinced they’re not rivals.
SDSU held the lead early in the first even with senior Trey Kell out with an ankle injury, but USD stayed close behind. Junior Devin Watson was perfect, not missing a single shot; 6/6 from the field and 2/2 from the free throw line and the Aztecs stayed out in front, leading 30-22 at the half despite only shooting 44% from the floor.
In the second half, more of the same, but the Toreros were coming back with a vengeance with big transition threes by sophomore Juwan Gray to pull USD to within four. SDSU struggled to get baskets as the home team controlled the pace, but junior Jeremy Hemsley put the Aztecs back up by 10 with a smooth in-transition and-one layup. Watson joined the transition fouling game, putting up a nice basket on a turnover and drawing the foul. Every night, it seems the Aztecs choose a guy to perform out of his mind. Tonight, Watson was that guy. By the seven-minute mark of the second half, he had 16 points and was 7/9 from the field. SDSU was able to pull away for their 11th win in their last 12 meetings with USD, winning 66-57. Watson finished with 26 points.
The Aztecs come back to Steve Fisher Court on Sunday at 3 p.m. for a home tilt with the Bradley Braves.