Viejas Arena- San Diego, California
It was a matter of when, not if.
Senior point guard KJ Feagin averaged 17.5 points as a junior at Santa Clara, but he knew that he would have to sacrifice scoring for victories. Sixteen games into the season Feagin was averaging 7.2 points per game. Some fans began to wonder if Feagin would get it going, but he knew that it would happen. Saturday against the Boise State Broncos was the day that he finally put on a scoring display.
San Diego State got out to a quick 8-0 lead and never let up on the way to an 83-65 victory.
Feagin, who had not hit more than three three-pointers in a game, hit four and finished the first twenty minutes with 16 points, which was a season-high. Boise State fell behind 48-25, although they shot 40% from the field. If the Broncos wanted to know what went wrong in the first half, all they had to look at was the turnovers (9) and their three-point percentage (11.1%). All the while, the Aztecs couldn’t miss, shooting 57.6% from the field and 57.1% from beyond the arc.
In the second half, the Broncos tried clawing back into the game, but the deficit was too much. They never sniffed single digits as more turnovers (18 for the game), and bad free-throw shooting (68.4%) doomed them from putting up a real fight. San Diego State’s shooting fell down to earth a bit (52.5% from the field; 47.4% from three), but it was still enough to cruise to victory.
The Aztecs got a bulk of their scoring from their starters, as the bench only contributed four points. Feagin led the way with his 23 points and zero turnovers. Yanni Wetzell scored 20 points with 75% shooting from the field and had six rebounds along with four assists. Leading scorer Malachi Flynn had 19 points and six assists. Matt Mitchell rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points and seven rebounds.
RJ Williams led the Broncos in scoring off the bench with 16 points on 5-6 shooting and had nine rebounds. RayJ Dennis was the only other Bronco to reach double figures and finished with 10 points.
The Aztecs now head to the valley on Tuesday to face off against Fresno State for the return game while Boise State plays at Air Force on Wednesday.