San Diego State used a strong second half against Oklahoma to advance to the Round of 32.
For the first 30 minutes of this game between the No. 7 seeded San Diego St. Aztecs and No. 10 seeded Oklahoma Sooners was a close game. The Aztecs broke open the game late in the second half when they tied the game at 48 a piece, and then proceeded to go on a 22-7 run to end the game to win 70-55.
During that strong run to end the game it was the Aztecs free throw shooting that help them build that lead. From just over the nine minute mark the Aztecs were in the bonus, and they ended the game by making 9 of 10 from the stripe, and made 6 of 12 shots.
That run was the difference because prior to that the teams had identical stats, as was San Diego State's foul shooting. The Aztecs were 16 of 17 while the Sooners were just 4 of 8 from the free throw line. From the field San Diego State made one more field goal than Oklahoma, and that happened to be a three-point shot.
San Diego State had a huge game from Jamaal Franklin who scored 21 points, including making all seven of his free throws. Then there was senior James Rahon who came off the bench for 17 points. Rahon was a huge key in the win since Xaxier Thames had an off night with five points, and Chase Tapley was just 3 of 10 but he did manage 10 points.
Oklahoma struggled to get more people involved on offense, they were led by Romero Osby who had 22 points, but he was the only Oklahoma player to score in double figures and shoot better than 50 percent.
For San Diego State to make a deep run in this tournament they need to play more of their games like they did to close out the final 10 minutes of the second half. Shooting 42.9 percent from the field is not going to cut it against elite teams, and that is the one area where they need to be better. Their defense was solid by holding the Sooners to just 39 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from beyond three-point range.
Up next for San Diego State is No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday. If they played continue to play like they did in their win over Georgetown, then San Diego State better be on their game.