Blowout wins help teams’ confidence; the San Diego State Aztecs did just that late on Saturday night against the McNeese State Cowboys.
The blowout hides some flaws in the Aztecs’ game. Prime example: star point guard Xavier Thames.
Thames was not feeling anything; from anywhere. He made one basket on 13 shots; a three-pointer. Luckily for Thames, it was all about the team’s success and not his own—he finished with five points.
The team win was catalyzed by the defense; holding the Cowboys to 23 percent from the floor. The Aztecs are a proud defense-first team that wins game in half-court possessions, something they showed tonight. The 65-36 proved that the slow-paced Aztecs find ways in attacking on defense.
The defense also had nine blocks, 12 steals and created 15 total turnovers.
While Thames’ struggles and team defense shined; a player that is not known as their go-to-guy turned out to be the factor on offense. Forward Josh Davis had 17 rebounds and 12 points; one of the biggest stories of the night. The two-time transfer is averaging nine points and 10 rebounds per game, he’s the blue collar post that coach Mike Fisher loves.
Davis’ game helped the Aztecs become victorious.
The flaws did not bite San Diego State. Playing the two-win Cowboys helped bring confidence to a team that’s on a roll and heading into Mountain West Conference play on January 1, where they head to Fort Collins, Colo. to face the Colorado State Rams.
John Lloyd is a PAC-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII