San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher walked into the post game conference after defeating UCLA 78…
The Facts: 23/21 SDSU vs. nr/24 UCLA
QUOTABLE: "Obviously it's a very good San Diego State team. You can see why they were picked to win their conference and why they've been so good the last couple of years. They had great fan support. It was like playing a road game in white jerseys, which you don't do too often. Credit their fans and their team for the outstanding game they played tonight. They were very, very good. I thought (Xavier) Thames and (Jamaal) Franklin were especially good. They've got veteran players and they played like a veteran team."
-- UCLA head coach Ben Howland on San Diego State.
THE STAT: Thames was 5-of-5 from three-point distance in the second half.
TURNING POINT: When UCLA head coach Ben Howland switched out of the 2-3 zone that was dominate in the first half. SDSU hit a couple jump shots early in the second half then totally abandoned the game plan. Aztecs took the game over after that moment using their quickness and athletic ability to beat the Bruins off the dribble and ball movement.
THE NUMBER: 18. San Diego State had season-high 18 assists on 27 made buckets.
QUOTABLE II: "I've worked hard all summer. Jamaal and I spent a lot of time in the gym working, and I'm just blessed that the ball went in tonight, so I thank God."
-- SDSU guard Xavier Thames on making his shots on this night.
HOT: The entire team in the second. Aztecs connected on 60% of their shots during the second half for a season-high shooting percentage in a half.
NOT: J.J. O'Brien has been extremely quiet lately on the scoring side of the ball. He was held scoreless but did have 5 assists.
FRESHMAN WATCH: Skylar Spencer played 14 minutes as he tallied up 3 block shots and 3 rebounds. He was a huge difference defensively in the second half. Brought the crowd into the game with his swats.
NOTABLE: San Diego State wins its 26th straight vs. teams from California, which is the longest active streak nationally.
UP NEXT: For San Diego State: Monday vs. Texas Southern and Thursday vs. UC Santa Barbara. For UCLA: Tuesday vs. Cal State San Marcos (exh.) and Saturday vs. Texas (in Houston, TX).
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