October 17, 1985 |
There was a time when the four-wide receiver offense was unheard of in football. In basketball, a four-guard offense had been equally unthinkable. Until now. Smokey Gaines, San Diego State's coach, is contemplating a four-guard offense at times by necessity this season. His team simply doesn't have enough big men. The Aztecs have only four players taller than 6-feet 6-inches. One is unable to practice and another is less than 100%.
May 5, 1986 |
The fans who sit on Ragger's Rail came to Smith Field prepared Sunday afternoon. The rowdy group that sits on the railing above the right-field fence and makes life generally miserable for opposing teams (and especially right fielders) came equipped with mops and brooms hoping to see San Diego State finish a four-game sweep of Hawaii. They got their sweep.
January 23, 1987 |
When San Diego State's basketball team lost to Wyoming, 79-70, Thursday night in the Sports Arena, it continued to magnify the Aztecs' worst season since they began playing basketball in 1921-22. Consider: --The Aztecs have a 2-15 record. Their worst record was 6-21 in 1979-80. --The Aztecs have nine straight losses. Their longest losing streak was 11 in 1950-51 and 1951-52. Their longest single season losing streak was 10 in 1979-80. --The Aztecs are 0-7 in the Western Athletic Conference.
February 9, 1985 |
From the pools of Detroit to the playgrounds of San Diego, you won't find many athletes selected All-State in swimming and basketball. Gerald Murray is an exception. Four years ago at Detroit Southeastern High School, Murray was a 6-foot 6-inch freestyler. Now the San Diego State backup center is a 6-8 enforcer.
January 27, 1990 |
The San Diego State basketball team hit the road again and, as usual, the road hit harder. This time it was the University of Hawaii hitting 60% of its shots--the highest percentage given up by the Aztecs this year--and forward Shawn Jamison's worsening struggle at the free throw line that doomed SDSU to a 75-63 Western Athletic Conference loss late Thursday night.
February 21, 1988 |
Jim Brandenburg, the San Diego State basketball coach, unfolded the sheet of paper listing the final statistics from Saturday's game between his team and Utah. Maybe he could find a reason there for the Aztecs' 50-48 Western Athletic Conference loss. Let's see, field-goal percentage. SDSU 20 of 44 (46%), Utah 14 of 43 (33%). That wasn't it. Rebounds. SDSU 31, Utah 24. That wasn't it. Free throws. SDSU 7 of 9 (78%), Utah 17 of 19 (90%). That was it.
January 21, 1985 |
After losing two straight games in front of noisy sellout crowds in New Mexico and Texas El Paso, it's difficult to believe the San Diego State basketball team in looking forward to its next road game. Actually, the "visiting" Aztecs can't wait to face United States International University, staring at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the San Diego Sports Arena.
October 2, 1988 |
San Diego State ended its three-game run through some of the best teams in Pacific 10 Conference Saturday night with a 34-13 loss to No. 20 Oregon. The defeat before 22,527 at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium was the Aztecs' ninth in a row to Pac-10 teams over four seasons and probably left them looking forward to their return to Western Athletic Conference play Saturday.
October 13, 1985 |
After all the years of being knocked out early by Brigham Young's powerful offense, San Diego State's defense finally fought back Saturday afternoon. Now, if only the Aztec offense could have delivered a little punch . . . But that wasn't to be and SDSU was shut out for the first time in 39 games as BYU won, 28-0, before 65,407 fans in Cougar Stadium. If there was any consolation for the Aztecs, it was in holding BYU scoreless on six straight possessions at one point.
January 28, 1989 |
When San Diego State basketball Coach Jim Brandenburg looked down the bench, there sat four of his starters and two leading reserves. And when he looked on the court, there was his team--including two walk-ons--standing tall, with a chance to win a Western Athletic Conference game on the road of all places. The illusion ended 13 seconds too soon Thursday night when the Aztecs, powerless to do otherwise, finally succumbed to the University of Hawaii, 65-62.