The No. 4 seeded San Diego State Aztecs started off slow against No. 13 New Mexico State. Aggies in the first half of this NCAA tournament game, and have a 32-20 lead. The 20 points for New Mexico State is their lowest output for this season, and were held to just 8 of 26 from the field.
The Aztecs patented defense has led the way by pressing the Aggies, forcing seven turnovers, four steals, five blocks and is holding New Mexico State's leading scorer Daniel Mullings to just two points on 1 of 4 shooting so far. For the season, Mullings averages 16.8 points per game. Leading the way for the Aggies at the half is center Tshilidzi Nephawe who has seven points.
San Diego State's offense is playing relatively well with Xavier Thames leading the with nine points, but he has been cold from the field by making just 2 of 7 from the field and 1 of 5 from beyond the arc but he has made all four free throws to get to nine points.
As a team, San Diego State is shooting just 10 of 25 from the field and 3 of 8 from three-point range. Despite shooting poorly early in the first half, the Aztecs ended the half going on a 16-8 run to have a 12-point lead at the half.