[editor’s note: last night’s game was remarkable… I asked our resident comedian, and SDSU alum, Dave Rich, to write about it… he obliged. -bp ]
So anyone who saw the San Diego state game last night has to be feeling something. If you’re a SDSU fan you’re feeling like… this is our year. This is the year we put a team into the Final 4. This is the year that Steve Fisher can be credited with one of the greatest program turnarounds in the history of men’s college basketball. That this team has been able to overcome. The ability to face losses in the face and refuse to quit. I am a die hard Aztec fan. I love them. But at one point last night I thought to myself: “Tonight just isn’t our night.” I was wrong.
SDSU was down 14 points about half way through the 2nd half. They were sloppy all night. They couldn’t find their man, they couldn’t protect the ball, they couldn’t score, and they couldn’t get the ruckus crowd out of their head. And on the other side Boise State could do no wrong. They threw up shot after shot, each one hitting it’s Mark McGrath. Even an ill-timed bank 3 dropped as the shot clock sounded off. The Boise State players kept looking at each like “can you believe what we’re doing to the the #5 team in the nation? Finally we own these guys.” It was brutal. Boise was unstoppable and they knew it. Everyone knew it. Everyone except the Aztecs.
After the media time out, SDSU stole the ball and Polee awkwardly ( I say awkwardly, because everything he does looks awkward) slammed it home. And that was it. The number five team in the nation looked like it was in a low budget cliché sports movie. Steal, after steal, shot after shot worked. X Thames put the game on his shoulders and didn’t miss a shot. The clinic he was running was only for 9000+ people, and the price of admission? Another broken heart. You could see it happening. You could see both teams realize what was going to happen. And once again everyone knew it. The last plays of the game go something like this. Aztec travel (down by 2). X steals the ball back (the one instant Boise looks away) gets fouled. Hits 2 free throws. Ice water veins in this guy, seriously, the iceiest. Aztec monster defense. Time out. Now in this time out the plan is this. “X you’ve scored all our points, what do you say you score two more, and win this game. Thanks. Also, pretend like it’s no big deal”. X drives down, double teamed, and kicks the ball to Polee and awkward D.P2 makes the biggest shot of his life. Aztecs win. Dave Rich yells so loud he wakes up his kid. Wife upset, but deep down, gets it.
If you’re Boise, you’re only feeling a few things this morning: Things like “how could that have happened again?” “we live in Boise, its freezing here” “Drmic looks like the bad guy in You Got Served… how do we deal with that?”
All true. Great win Aztecs.