San Diego State notches biggest basketball win in school history

Posted: 11/17/2010 in college basketball
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Take it from somebody who grew up attending San Diego State basketball games and covered the program for 13 seasons, the Aztecs’ victory over No. 11 Gonzaga on Tuesday night is the biggest win in school history.

By a long shot.

Granted, there aren’t many big wins to choose from for a program that has never won an NCAA tournament game and is currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in school history.

But that doesn’t diminish what occurred Tuesday in a nationally televised basketball game at “The Kennel” in Spokane, Wash.

The Aztecs notched a 79-76 victory over a team that lost for just the fifth time in 82 games in its raucous building that opened in 2004. San Diego State had lost 33 consecutive road games against ranked foes before beating the Zags.

Billy White had a game for the ages with a career-best 30 points on 14-of-18 shooting and Kawhi Leonard contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds.

What was really impressive to me was how much more athletic the Aztecs were than Gonzaga, the well-respected program that has made 12 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

The Bulldogs couldn’t cope with San Diego State’s frontline and star Elias Harris was a nonfactor. Gonzaga guard Steven Gray tried to be a one-man show – he did a pretty good job of that with a career-best 35 points – but couldn’t will the Zags to victory.

San Diego State even answered Gonzaga’s late charge. An eight-point lead had dwindled to three and Gonzaga was looking to force overtime. But White knocked the ball away from Gray to save the victory.

The late-game heroics were good to see for a team that lost a close battle to Tennessee in last season’s NCAA tournament and melted down against Indiana in the 2006 NCAA tourney.

San Diego State has a team that should finally notch that elusive first NCAA victory. All five starters are back from last season’s 25-9 squad and the Aztecs should have a solid chance at nabbing a 5, 6 or 7 seed.

Beating Gonzaga is a good start. It is a victory that looks great on the resume and signals to the nation that San Diego State finally has a program to be reckoned with.

“This one got us some national attention and people were watching,” Aztecs coach Steve Fisher said afterwards. “I think they found out we have a pretty good basketball team at San Diego State.”

It’s a team that just notched the biggest victory in Aztecs’ history.

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Comments
  1. john o says:

    Great win added to the great performance from “Brady’s Bunch”(you can use that) #: )
    at TCU. Could the Aztecs get into the Pointsettia Bowl? That would be awesome.

    John

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