The San Diego State Aztecs (6-2) lost 49-36 tonight in Seattle to the Washington Huskies (7-0). That 36-point game total is the least SDSU has scored in Division I program history. By the way, the SDSU football team scored 38 points in its last game.
SDSU missed its first 10 shots and made just 5-30 in the first half. But one could logically reason the team would come out better in the second half after some coaching at halftime.
Well, that didn't happen. The Aztecs made just 6-24 shots in the last 20 minutes and killed any chance of a comeback win with their 12 turnovers.
Washington didn't shoot very well for the first 30 minutes of the game, allowing the Aztecs to hang tight. But the Huskies put together a 17-2 scoring run in the middle of the second half to pull away with this game and win it convincingly.
Dwayne Polee II scored 3 points on 1-8 shooting, while Winston Shepard scored just 7 points on 2-7 shooting. Trey Kell missed all seven shots he took and never got to the free throw line.
This game most definitely proved something about this SDSU squad: the Aztecs probably have a top-10 defense, but they could also very well have a bottom-10 offense.
Watch teams like Arizona, Duke and Kentucky. The ball moves fast with crisp passes throughout the perimeter and interior. Then watch SDSU: slow, stagnant ball movement with almost no passes to the interior. The Aztecs don't run any sets -- or at least it doesn't seem like they do.
It seems like coaching is responsible for the offensive woes. With the amount of talent SDSU has on the roster and its continued struggles, coaching is really the biggest thing one can turn to for the blame.
Nigel Williams-Goss looked incredible all night, scoring 15 points, grabbing six boards and dishing out three assists.