SAN DIEGO– San Diego State on Saturday played its best 10 minutes of basketball in years, maybe decades, perhaps ever, whipping the ball across the court, draining pipes 3-pointers, contesting shots, swiping takes, grabbing rebounds, running the break, streaming, clicking, controling, racing to an apparently overwhelming lead against a respectable Colorado State group.

Other than almost no one outside the players, coaches, referees, staff and a handful of media inside Viejas Arena saw it.

CBS didn’t sign up with the game– its very first Aztecs telecast from Viejas in nearly a years– until 10:18 left in the very first half because LSU and Florida turned into a foul-fest that took for-ev-er to complete.

What the country did see was a short-handed Aztecs group suffer an impressive collapse in what ended up being an unfathomable, improbable 70-67 defeat.

It’s tough to understand what was even worse: Quiting a 19-0 run in the first half after leading by 26. Or being outscored 14-0 in the second half after leading by 15. Or permitting the last 11 points of the game after leading by eight with under two minutes left (and seven with just over a minute left).

SDSU sports groups have actually been on the short end of some disastrous results through the years. This may top them all. No Mountain West basketball team had actually ever lost after leading by as numerous as 26 points.

” Anything that could go wrong down the stretch failed,” coach Brian Dutcher said. “We had a seven-point lead with 1:05 to go. That should be enough to win the game.”

These same groups fulfill in the very same place Monday night on a different channel (6 p.m., Fox Sports 1). Who knows what’s in store, given the very first video game’s wild swings.

The Aztecs (6-2, 0-1) were without starting forward Aguek Arop, who was fine at practice Friday and fine at shootaround Saturday morning however was sent home before tip-off after experiencing stomach concerns upon coming to the arena. It was not believed to be COVID-19-related (Arop’s test that morning came back negative), and Arop is anticipated to be available Monday night.

Also missing was freshman Keith Dinwiddie Jr., in street clothes with a hip injury. He typically is not part of the rotation. Then Keshad Johnson landed hard on his best arm trying to dunk in the first half and didn’t play in the 2nd, leaving the Aztecs with essentially a seven-man rotation.