LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- San Diego State has never had a better
game from 3-point range.
The backcourt of Brandon Heath and Wesley Stokes combined for 50
points and the Aztecs tied the school record with 13 3-pointers in
an 83-61 victory over Ohio State on Monday night in the opening
round of the Maui Invitational.
Heath, a freshman, had 28 points and was 5-for-6 from beyond the
arc, while Stokes, a transfer from Missouri, had 22 points and was
4-for-6 on 3s.
"We've got good shooters," San Diego State coach Steve Fisher
said. "If we get open looks, we'll get our share of baskets."
The Aztecs had more than their share in a 21-1 run in the second
half that broke open the game. Heath had three of San Diego State's
five 3-pointers in the run.
The Aztecs (2-0) advanced to Tuesday's semifinals and will play
Dayton, which beat Central Michigan 82-63.
The game was tied 32-all at halftime and the Aztecs were in it
only because of their long-range shooting. They were 7-for-14 from
beyond the 3-point arc in the first half and 2-for-14 from inside
"One of our major deficiencies right now is how we guard on the
perimeter," Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien said. "Their two guards
got 50 points. We don't guard well on the perimeter."
Ohio State led 37-35 two minutes into the second half when the
Aztecs took over.
Heath, who had 12 points in the season-opening win over Long
Beach State, started the run with a 3 with 17:43 left and it ended
on two free throws by freshman Marcus Slaughter with 12:07 left
that made it 56-38.
Heath had two other 3s in the run, and Stokes and Chris Walton
each had one.
Ohio State missed four shots and turned the ball over five times
in that span and its only point came on a free throw by Velimir
Radinovic, who missed three other foul shots in the run.
"Our defense did not give up the easy baskets which was
critical and we did a good job of keeping the ball out of the
post," Fisher said. "We shot well from the 3-point line and that,
too, was critical."
Stokes tied the school record when he hit his fourth 3 that made
it 68-48 with 6:13 to play. The Aztecs had 13 3s in 25 attempts
against UNLV on Jan. 24, 2001. They were 10-for-28 from 3-point
range in the 74-44 win over Long Beach State last week.
Heath was 5-for-6 on 3s and Stokes was 4-for-6 as the Aztecs
"Wes got me the ball early when I was open and I got
confidence," Heath said.
Stokes wanted to talk about the other end of the court.
"We held them to tough shots and once you get going on the
defensive end it opens your offense," he said. "Our offense feeds
off our defense."
O'Brien said his team was too perimeter oriented.
"We just didn't do a good enough job of getting the ball into
the post," he said. "Our big guys didn't get enough touches and
our guards took was too many shots.
"We have way too many guys right now who don't understand what
it takes to win. We are very, very immature right now in terms of
understanding how to win."