Shooting zero percent on eight shots must be frustrating on the offensive end. However, San Diego Aztecs big man Josh Davis would not let that stop him from crashing the boards on offense and dominating the glass on defense.
Davis scored a whopping two points — all of which came from the foul line. He led the charge against the Fresno State Bulldogs from a non-scoring standpoint. Hustle-rebounders are players you root for. They might not impact the game from a scoring perspective, but they impact how the game has to be played.
The scoring came down to go-to point guard, Xavier Thames, who had 28 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including a trio of 3-pointers. He also went 9-of-11 from the line. If Thames did not play well, the Bulldogs would have had a chance at the upset. Fresno State shot better from the floor and from the free throw line, but they lost on the boards where Davis and fellow big man J.J. O’Brien dominated. On the offensive glass, the Aztecs had a plus-nine in that category.
This was not the only game where Davis has pounded the glass. The 6-foot-8 player is averaging 11 rebounds a game while only scoring nine. His season-high 17 rebounds against the McNeese State Cowboys proved that he was a monster on the glass. The Aztec center has failed to grab double-digit rebounds in just four games this season. Look for him to chew glass against the small Mountain West Conference.
John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII