Viejas Arena- San Diego, California-
On Saturday night, the Aztecs faced the Nevada Wolfpack in front of a sold-out crowd. The Aztecs put their undefeated streak on the line and were victorious 68-55.
Early in the game, Nevada seemed to be disturbed by the Aztecs’ defense, committing seven turnovers in the first eight minutes. Despite that, the Aztecs couldn’t quite build a lead, as Nevada hit some tough shots. The Wolfpack ended the first half shooting a scorching 54% from deep.
The Aztecs got open looks but couldn’t convert at the same rate, even with Yanni Wetzell hitting two 3’s from the top of the key. At the half, Nevada led 35-33, and whispers of the Aztecs’ red jersey curse could be felt in the arena.
The story changed drastically in the second half as the Aztecs looked better all around.
They opened the half with a 7-0 run and never lost momentum after that. The defense stepped up. The rotations were crisper, and Nevada looked frustrated. The Wolfpack made five shots the entire second half, and two of those were in garbage time. The Aztecs outscored Nevada 35 to 20 in the second half to win the game 68-55.
We move to 19-0 with a 68-55 win over Nevada and may be in the top-5 on Monday morning! Here are the highlights, the recap and everything else. See you on Tue. vs Wyoming when we go for 20-0.
— Aztec M. Basketball (@Aztec_MBB) January 19, 2020
With three of the top 5 teams in the AP poll losing twice, expect the Aztecs to jump into the top 5, possibly as high as No. 4 in Monday’s poll. Next up, the Aztecs play Wyoming in Viejas, and a win will tie the 2010-2011 team for the best start an Aztec team has ever had.