SDSU Mountain West NCAA
Matt Bradley led all scorers in the Aztecs’ Tuesday win over Utah State. Photo credit: Derrick Tuskan, via goaztecs.com

San Diego State, coming off a satisfying win against Utah State, takes on Fresno State on the road at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Aztecs (16-6, 8-3 Mountain West), winners of four straight, meet the Bulldogs (16-9, 6-6 MW), who have dropped three in a row.

The teams are evenly matched both on defense – SDSU leads the conference, holding opponents to 57.7 points a game, followed by Fresno State – and offense. Each sit on the lower end of the MW pack, with the Bulldogs averaging 65.8 points a game to the Aztecs’ 65.6.

In their last game, San Diego State again exceeded that average, defeating Utah State 75-56 Tuesday. The teams typically torment each other – Utah State prevailed on their home court in January – and played tight to open the game.

But San Diego State’s defense prevailed again, as they held Utah State to 22 points in the second half, the fewest the Aggies have scored to close out a game this season.

“Everybody was locked in and the energy was contagious,” said Matt Bradley, who scored 22 points for the Aztecs.

The team’s performance pleased Brian Dutcher too.

“We had back-to-back good offensive games. Who would’ve thought that would happen?” he said. “We shared the ball. We had 19 assists and shot a high percentage, 51% from the field, and played good basketball.”

After Fresno State, SDSU has just five games remaining on the schedule ahead of the MW tournament, which opens March 9.