This was not how the Aztecs planned on finishing their season.
But unfortunately they cannot hit the reset button after a dismal showing against George Washington in the NIT semifinals.
San Diego State fell 65-46 Tuesday night and never really threatened to comeback in the second half. Seniors Angelo Chol, Winston Shepard and Skylar Spencer were taken out in the final minutes and given an ovation as they closed their playing careers at Madison Square Garden.
SDSU trailed by double digits for the majority of the game and was down by 15 at halftime.
Dakarai Allen led SDSU in scoring with 13 points but was the only player on the team in double figures. The Aztecs wound up shooting just 28.8 percent from the field and managed only 20 points by intermission.
SDSU’s shooting woes and GW’s ability to dominate the glass on the defensive end resulted in lots of frustrating single-shot possessions for the Aztecs.
The Colonials stayed in a zone for a large part of the second half after seeing SDSU struggle to shoot the ball.
Tyler Cavanaugh was a beast for GW and collected 20 points and 11 rebounds to pave the way for GW.
What was really disappointing was that the Aztecs struggled to come up with the loose balls.
Lots of those “coin-flip” plays seemed to go GW’s way.
San Diego State finished the season 26-10.
GW will face Valparaiso (coached by former NCAA Tournament darling Bryce Drew) Thursday night in the NIT championship game. Valpo defeated BYU 72-70 in the other NIT semifinal.