Mar 16, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Xavier Thames (2) looks for room to get around North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Lorenzo Brown (2) during the second round in the 2012 NCAA men

SDSU Upset By NC State


Mar 16, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; A general view of the Nationwide Arena prior to the game with the North Carolina State Wolfpack playing against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second round in the 2012 NCAA men

SDSU Upset By NC State 79-65

SDSU came into it’s NCAA Tournament game against NC State as the team who would most likely be upset. That is exactly what happened to our Aztecs as they would be upset 79 to 65 by NC State. The two things that SDSU had going for them today was Jamaal, Chase and the fact they had been in the NCAA Tournament three straight years unlike NC State who had not gone to the tournament. Looking back at the preview I constructed for the game the keys for an Aztec win: control the boards, don’t play sloppy defense, and make the majority of our shots. The Aztecs played some of the best defense that I have seen in a very long time. The issues our Aztecs had is shooting if we would have shot 50% based on me adding points we would have won (90-79) in stead we shot 37.5% and NC State Shot 65.4% (FG%).

To me based on what needed to be done, SDSU did not play well enough to win the game. I believe the main factor was fatigue and we could see it when Jamaal yelled at some of the team to get back into the game. I am upset about this loss and so is the rest of the #AztecNation but Aztec fans hold your heads high. This team has done great this season and no one believed that we would ever get to this point aka re-building year. Garrett I hope you enjoyed your time as an Aztec and that you will never forget this experience.  Tim I hope that we will be seeing you as a coach next season. World be prepared the Aztecs Nation will be revamped and ready to go next season!!

[NC State outscored San Diego State 38-18 in the paint Friday. The Wolfpack entered the NCAA tournament averaging 33 paint points per game, ranking 11th out of 74 Big Six conference schools.] ESPN

Players Of The Game:

Richard Howell (22 points)

C.J. Leslie (15 points)

Scott Wood (10 points)

SDSU:

Jamaal Franklin (23 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal)

Chase Tapley (19 points, six rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal) *Has played in 3 straight NCAA Tournament’s*

James Rahon (11 points, 3 rebounds)

Final Stats:
NC State Stat Line
Total Field Goal % = 65.4 1st Half: 14-27 2nd Half:17-26Total: 31- 53 3-Point. Field Goal% = 66.7%1st Half: 1-6 2nd Half 2-3 Total: 3-9  Free Throw% = 71.41st Half: 4-72nd Half: 10-14Total: 14-21

 

SDSU Stat Line
Total Field Goal % = 37.51st Half: (11-29) 2nd Half:(12-32) Total: (23- 61) (33-61)
3-Point. Field Goal% = 30.81st Half: 4-10 2nd Half 4-13Total: 8-23 13-23
Free Throw% = 80 1st Half: (3-42) 2nd Half: 8-10Total: 11-14

Tags: "March Madness" "San Diego State University" Ncaa Tournament North Carolina State

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