Aztecs Use Late Scoring Run to Take 29-20 Halftime Lead
Nov. 17, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In a first half of runs for both clubs, No. 25 San Diego State turned in the biggest one with a 10-1 offensive spurt to take a 29-20 lead over the Missouri State Bears into intermission Saturday afternoon at JQH Arena. The visiting Aztecs overcame an 0-for-10 start from 3-point range to knock down a pair of crucial threes in the closing minutes and take their largest lead of the day into the break.
The Bears showed few jitters early on against the nationally-ranked Aztecs, using 3-pointers by Dorrian Williams and Keith Pickens to build a six-point lead by the first media timeout. But San Diego State's defense would clamp down to hold MSU scoreless over a five-minute span to allow the visitors time to erase their deficit. JJ O'Brien's field goal at the 11:59 mark made it an 8-8 game, but the Bears took advantage of an administrative technical assessed to the Aztec bench two minutes later to kick off a 6-0 run of their own. Anthony Downing knocked down both free throws to put MSU back on top, and Pickens converted a reverse layup before a Nathan Scheer steal led to a Downing bucket for a 14-8 Bears advantage.
After Drew Wilson's follow of a Williams miss put the Bears up 16-10 with 8:29 to play in the half, the Aztecs would go to work to take control of the game. DeShawn Stephens basket with 7:40 to go started the 9-0 run and Jamaal Franklin ended it two-and-a-half minutes later with an 18-footer for a 19-16 Azteck lead.
MSU briefly evened things up with another Williams 3-pointer, but Xavier James's field goal with 3:29 left on the clock started another SDSU burst. The Aztecs would get a pair of treys from Franklin and James Rahon to ultimately take a 29-20 lead--their biggest of the day--into the lockerroom.
Both teams struggled to find offensive consistency from the floor, as the Aztecs finished the half 11-of-36 (.306), while the Bears shot just 25 percent (7-of-28).
Franklin's 15 points for San Diego State led all scorers, while Williams paced MSU with six points.