The San Diego State Aztecs easily beat Sacramento State 89-52 in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament produced by ESPN, who in their sadistic post-capitalist wisdom deemed that this game should tip off at 1:05 a.m. Eastern/10:05 p.m. Pacific on Thanksgiving night.
The Aztecs ran out to a quick 10-0 lead by making good basketball shots.
While SDSU cooled down from that heady pace, they still led 49-14 at halftime. Sac State’s 14 points were a Wooden tourney low in a half, how embarrassing for them. The Aztecs looked good but sloppy, the Hornets looked bad and overmatched in the glorified high school gym that is Fullerton’s home court. The 58 or so people in attendance intermittently cheered SDSU scores, memories of past games played at a reasonable hour flitting behind vacant stares.
I watched the second half in a fugue state, but here’s a sequence: Malik Pope floated through the lane past two dudes and one-hand dunked, Kell lofted an alley to Pope for a two-hand dunk, Kell made a 3-pointer. SDSU had a 47-point lead less than five minutes into the 2nd half.
Sac State didn’t belong on the floor with the Aztecs, but of course, nobody belonged on the floor this late. I don’t think Dutcher ever stood up, even at halftime.
Devin Watson had a game-high line of 12 points, 2 assists and 3 steals in 23 minutes.
San Diego State plays the Georgia Bulldogs tomorrow at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. Win that game, and the Aztecs play Sunday night for Wooden’s corpse.