The San Diego State Aztecs (1-0, 0-0 Mountain West) opened their season with a convincing 79-58 win against the Cal State Northridge Matadors (0-1, 0-0 Big West).
The Matadors played SDSU close for the first 10 minutes of the game, only trailing 15-11 with 10:13 left in the first half. But SDSU's domination on the boards and big-time bench production, both led by Angelo Chol, spurred the Aztecs to a 26-10 run to end the half and Steve Fisher's squad won in convincing fashion.
SDSU guard Aqeel Quinn put on a show for the packed house in his first game against his former team (Quinn left his scholarship at CSUN to be a preferred walk-on at SDSU -- he has a scholarship now). He scored 15 points to go along with three assists and two boards. He put on a 3-point show to start the second half, draining two straight long balls to ignite the crowd. He also flashed his defense when he ran the floor to block a CSUN shot after driving the lane for a bucket. He left the game late in the second half grabbing his right calf, though. After the game Quinn said he had a cramp but that he'd be fine.
Three other Aztecs reached double digits. Winston Shepard scored 14 points, J.J. O'Brien scored 13 points and Dwayne Polee II scored 11 points, evoking "Polee" cheers with each basket.
The Aztecs next play the No. 25 Utah Utes Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. as part of ESPN's tip-off marathon. That game will be shown on ESPN.
The Matadors don't get much of a rest before they play at the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats Nov. 16.