Photo Essay: San Diego State vs Kennesaw State

Nathan Mensah blocks a shot against Kennesaw State. (Don De Mars/EVT)

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J.D. Pollock
 J.D. Pollock (Kennesaw State Athletics)
Monday’s contest held special significance for SDSU assistant J.D. Pollock. Pollock played for and graduated from Kennesaw State. He created the scouting report for the Aztecs and they used it to take down his alma mater. (Don De Mars/EVT) 
Kennesaw came into the contest among the nation’s leaders in three-point shooting percentage. They had made more than 40% of their threes this season. The Owls opened three of four from deep before the Aztecs’ defense stepped up and held Kennesaw State to 5-19 the rest of the way. (Don De Mars/EVT) 
Head coach Brian Dutcher’s rotation has undergone some changes as the season has went on. Most notably on Monday, he staggered Lamon Butler and Darrion Trammell’s time on the court a little more. (Don De Mars/EVT) 
True Freshman Elijah Saunders saw early playing time on Monday. He played a second short of 15 minutes. He competed on the wing most often. All six of his points came from three. (Don De Mars/EVT) 
Monday was the first time all season Kennesaw was held under 60 points. Among the chief reasons was the pressure SDSU put on the Owls. The Aztecs had 13 steals on the night. Junior guard Lamont Butler had four. The steals led to 23 fast break points for SDSU. (Don De Mars/EVT) 
With SDSU extending its defense to stop the three, there was ample room for Kennesaw’s post players to operate on smaller defenders. SDSU’s pressure outside prevented easy entry passes and took away this potential advantage. (Don De Mars/EVT) 
Jaedon Ledee was unguardable on Monday. Even with the game well out of hand, the refs continued to send Ledee to the line. Ten of his 14 points came from the charity stripe. (Don De Mars/EVT) 
Micah Parrish was a difference-maker on Monday. He scored an Aztec career-high 19 points, pouring in buckets from every level on the court. His eight makes and thirteen attempts were both season highs. (Don De Mars/EVT) 
Keshad Johnson provided the play of the game with a thunderous dunk that brought fans in Viejas Arena to their feet. (Don De Mars/EVT) 
Following Monday’s 88-54 victory, SDSU’s final non-conference game is Tuesday against crosstown rival UCSD. Conference play begins at home against Air Force on 12/28. (Don De Mars/EVT)

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