MAUI ( Daily Aztec ) - In order to beat the No. 1 ranked team in the country, you have to play perfect.
Against the men’s basketball team from Duke University, it might not have mattered.
San Diego State men’s basketball was unable to keep up with the No. 1 Blue Devils, falling 90-64 in the quarterfinals of the Maui Invitational in Maui, Hawaii on Monday afternoon.
The Aztecs (2-1) trailed by as many as 35 points, and could not stay with a Duke side which shot 51 percent from the field and had five players finish in double figures.
SDSU was able to limit the production of Duke freshman forward Zion Williamson, holding the big man to 13 points and six rebounds, a drop-off from his 25.3 points-per-game average coming in.
The Aztecs failed to overcome Duke’s three-point attack, however, as the Blue Devils built a quick lead after making six of its first seven three pointers.
Duke (4-0) finished the first half going 9-for-17 from behind the arc, matching the total number of first-half field goals made by SDSU.