Mar 29, 2024 - News

Aztecs season ends in blowout loss to UConn

UConn celebrates during a victory over SDSU

UConn's Stephon Castle celebrates during a 30-point win over SDSU. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Aztecs' season ended Thursday with an 82-52 loss to UConn in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.

Why it matters: The Aztecs were dominated by the same team that beat them in last year's national championship game, suggesting that SDSU remains a cut below the country's blue-blood programs even after establishing the sustained success that defines a top team.

State of play: The Aztecs battled early to keep UConn's halftime lead to a manageable nine points, but the Huskies pulled away in the second half.

  • UConn built its 30-point win on dominant performance on the glass, outrebounding SDSU by 50-29.
  • The defending champs also shot better than the Aztecs, hitting a higher percentage of their shots overall, from three-point range and from the free-throw line.

By the numbers: Three Huskies scored in double digits, led by senior guard Cam Spencer led with 18 points.

  • Jaedon LeDee, in the last game of his college career, was again the Aztecs' leading scorer with 18 points and eight rebounds.

The bottom line: The Aztecs beat the top-ranked team in last year's tournament on their way to the national title game, but they couldn't repeat that feat this year against a UConn team that has now ended SDSU's season three times since 2010.

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