SEATTLE (AP) — San Diego State coach Steve Fisher lacked answers, and he credited Washington for the type of defensive effort often associated with his Aztecs.
“Our offense was bad. That’s the only way you can put it and they had a lot to do with that,” Fisher said. “They had a lot to do with it but we had a lot to do with it also. They gave us nothing easy until the very end.”
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 15 points, and Washington held No. 13 San Diego State to a school record for fewest points in the Huskies’ 49-36 win on Sunday.
San Diego State (6-2) shot just 20.4 percent. It was the lowest shooting percentage for the Aztecs dating to 1996 and the second time this season under 25 percent in a game. They shot 24.6 percent in beating Cal State Bakersfield last month.
The 36 points were the fewest for San Diego State as a Division I program. The previous low was 38 against Utah in 1999.
Winston Shepard led the Aztecs with seven points. No other San Diego State player scored more than five.
“Got to give credit to them. They did a good job using their length. Probably didn’t move the ball as well as we could have,” San Diego State guard J.J. O’Brien said. “I think once we missed our first few shots I think it was in people’s minds that we were missing shots so it led to more missed shots.”
Andrew Andrews added 13 points as Washington (7-0) posted just its second win over a ranked opponent since 2011. Robert Upshaw continued to make an impact on the interior with seven points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
The 36 points allowed were the fewest by Washington since 1970.
“We told our team before we even started practicing, that potentially we could be a really, really good defensive team,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.
San Diego State went more than 11 minutes without a field goal, finally breaking the spell on Kevin Zabo’s jumper with 2:57 remaining. By that point, the Huskies were up 45-27.
The second-half drought for San Diego State followed a miserable first half. The Aztecs missed their first 10 shots and went 9 minutes without a field goal before Dwayne Polee’s 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the half.
“I can’t remember ever going 20 percent,” O’Brien said. “There’s been times we just haven’t been able to make shots and we’ve been able to rely a lot on our defense to get wins, relying on our rebounding to get wins. Today just wasn’t our day for that.”
Andrews hit three 3-pointers in the second half as Washington methodically pulled away. Washington pushed its lead to seven early in the second half when Williams-Goss knocked down a second-chance 3-pointer. Upshaw later scored underneath and Andrews came off a screen to hit a 3 with 8:59 left, putting Washington up 36-22.
Andrews’ third 3 of the half put the Huskies up 43-23 with 6:25 remaining.
San Diego State led for all of 36 seconds — at 2-0 — on a pair of free throws from Skylar Spencer. Washington led for a whopping 36 minutes and 50 seconds.
San Diego State: The Aztecs made just 5 of 30 shots in the first half and were 1 of 9 on 3-pointers. They didn’t start the second half any better. The Aztecs missed nine of their first 11 shots to begin the second half.
Washington: Upshaw continued to make a difference at the defensive end. The 6-foot-11 transfer entered with 29 blocks and added four more. His most impressive moment came late in the first half when he swatted Zabo’s attempted 19-foot jumper leading to a run-out dunk for Williams-Goss.
San Diego State hosts Long Beach State on Wednesday night.
Washington hosts Eastern Washington next Sunday. The Eagles won at Indiana earlier this season.
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