SAN DIEGO -- Even being down by 21 points right at the get-go against one of the toughest opponents the Hawks will play this season, the San Diego Christian Men's Basketball team still showed heart and determination for all 40 minutes.
However, the speed and agility of the Aztecs was too much and SDC fell to San Diego State University 93-41 Wednesday night.
"I've been coaching for 18 years and I've played longer than that: (San Diego State) is the best defensive team that I've been on the court coaching or playing against," Head Coach Tim Cook said. "The length, the gap closes, the pinch downs are incredibly difficult to score against. It's an unbelievable defensive team. They were good defensively last year, but I think they're great defensively this season. If they find scoring in different areas other than (Xavier) Thames and J.J. (O'Brien) it's going to be difficult to beat them. It's incredible."
Derek Dickerson made the first field goal for the Hawks at the 10:35 mark in the first half as the Aztecs (2-1) led 25-5. The three other points were from the charity stripe.
After it took the Hawks 10 minutes to score their first field goal of the game, SDC scored three times in less than one minute. Trevor English hit two 3-pointers and Kwaminique Brandon added a jumper to bring the score to 33-13 in favor of the Aztecs.
SDSU led 49-23 half. English and Brandon led the Hawks with eight points at the break. SDC shot just 22 percent from the floor in the first half including 3-of-16 from beyond the arc.
The Aztecs shot 52 percent from the floor at the half. SDSU made five 3-pointers in 11 attempts. 30 of the Aztec's 49 points were in the paint as they dominated inside. They also collected 13 offensive rebounds, 37 total in the half.
San Diego State Jumped out of the gate to start the second half. SDSU went on an 18-6 run in the first 8:11 of the second half and continued full control of the game.
For the game SDC shot 22 percent from the field and 17 percent from deep. SDSU forced 22 Hawk turnovers. On the other side of the ball, the Hawks forced 14 Aztec turnovers.
"I honestly didn't expect to get behind like that. I think we got way too shell-shocked for as many Division I games as we've played, coach Cook said. "But kudos to (SDSU) for coming out and being relentless. We were just on our heels too much offensively and defensively. I'm telling you, it is so difficult to score on that team for us. UC Riverside (scored) 41 points, and we had 41. UCR is a Division I team that struggled to score on (SDSU), and we did too."
The Aztecs shot a red-hot 57 percent from the floor and 47 percent from 3-point land. JJ O'Brien led all scorers with 16 points. Four others were in double figures for SDSU. Josh Davis had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. SDSU held a 51-34 advantage in rebounds.
Brandon led all Hawk players with 14 points. No other Hawk was in double figures. English finished with eight points and six rebounds.
SDC is back in action against another NCAA Div. I opponent, the University of San Diego, tomorrow as both teams play in the first annual ALS Basketball Classic. Tip off is scheduled for 7:05 and will be aired on Fox Sports San Diego.