Jacks Win Bizarre Showdown With Coyotes
SDSU & USD React To The Jacks 71-57 Win
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The 210th installment of the SDSU-USD men’s basketball series was one of the most bizarre yet.
USD opened on a 20-to-nothing run over the game’s first seven minutes, only to see SDSU answer with a 28-2 run and hold them without a field goal for ten minutes en route to a 71-57 win.
“It was our defense again. I mean, we played great defense and it started to help our offense click.” SDSU Junior Guard Deondre Parks says.
“I told the players in all the games I’ve coached I’ve never started out 20 to nothing, much less win the basketball game. So I was proud of them because they could have gotten discouraged the way it started and they didn’t. They worked themselves back in it.” SDSU Head Coach Scott Nagy said.
“I’ve been in this business 19 years and I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of a game where a team goes up 20 to zero. You know, and I kind of kept walking up like expecting coach Nagy to call timeout and he didn’t. And to his credit, he was like Phil Jackson out there, just didn’t give in to his players and just made them play through it.” USD Head Coach Craig Smith says.
“To be honest I think we got a little complacent once we got up 20 to zero. People watching might have thought we already won the game kind of. And we completely took our feet off the gas pedal.” USD Senior Guard Brandon Bos said.
“This is just a crazy atmosphere. I’ve never been close to anything this big. This rivalry’s huge.” SDSU Freshman Guard Reed Tellinghuisen says.
The Jacks host Fort Wayne on Wednesday while the Coyotes head to Western Illinois on Thursday.