SALT LAKE CITY — In the Western Athletic Conference television game of the week, San Diego State's conference record dropped to 0-6 and its overall record fell to 2-14 in a 93-65 loss to the University of Utah Saturday in the Special Events Center.
There was, however, a consolation prize for the Aztecs--the game was not televised in San Diego.
The WAC basketball network covers most of the far-flung conference, and even goes into portions of Idaho and Arizona and, for some reason, Fairfax, Va. But this year the network is not picked up by any of the San Diego television stations, which may indicate that they saw what was coming.
The Aztecs' inept play Saturday further underscored the problems of Coach Smokey Gaines' team, which has no seniors.
The Aztecs gave Utah center Mitch Smith a three-point play--the old-fashioned kind--in the first seconds of the game and were never thereafter in the game. By the time five minutes had expired, Smith had nine points, the Utes were up, 17-10, and there was a sound of TV channel switchers popping all the way from Idaho to Fairfax.
The worst margin was, 42-18, Utah, after 15 minutes. Then Utah Coach Lynn Archibald took Smith out--he had already scored 16 points--and began a steady stream of substitutions. The Ute bench loved this game. All but one Utah player scored.