Dwayne Polee played for the first time since collapsing on December 22 against UC Riverside and the San Diego State Aztecs (22-6, 12-3 Mountain West) win an all-too-close game against the San Jose State Spartans (2-24, 0-14 MW) 74-56.
Polee finished the night with three points. But his impact was felt immediately on the defensive end when he helped trap a Spartan in the full-court press and forced a turnover just seconds after he checked in for the first time.
The Spartans actually led the Aztecs 36-35 entering halftime after an incredible first-half performance from long range. SDSU came out on a tear to start the second half, though, and outscored SJSU 19-5 to open the second period.
Winston Shepard quietly had a 20-point, six-rebound night while JJ O'Brien owned the paint and scored 15 points.
Malik Pope came slightly back down to Earth tonight, scoring seven points on 2-3 shooting.
Rashad Muhammad led the Spartans with 27 points. Only three SJSU players made a shot tonight: Muhammad, Darryl Gaynor II and Jaleel Williams.
SDSU hosts the Boise State Broncos (20-7, 10-4 MW) next Saturday at 5 p.m. PST on ESPN2.
SJSU travels to play the Colorado State Rams (23-5, 10-5 MW) this Wednesday at 6 p.m. PST.