More than 8,000 fans witnessed a historical feat Tuesday night as San Diego State (SDSU) pulled away from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne for a 79-55 win.
SDSU senior Winston Shepard said he wanted to lead by example after he and his teammates were left out of the NCAA tournament.
Shepard then turned in a great all-around performance and recorded the first triple-double in SDSU men’s basketball history.
Shepard finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Malik Pope scored 15 points and Dakarai Allen added 10 points for the Aztecs.
Jeremy Hemsley and Zylan Cheatham also chipped in with 9 points each off the bench to help SDSU improve to 26-9 overall and 14-4 at home.
The announced attendance was 8,324 at Viejas Arena.
SDSU will play another home game when it hosts the University of Washington from the Pac-12 Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the 2nd round of the NIT.
Washington fended off Long Beach State 107-102 in a shootout in their NIT opener earlier Tuesday evening.