#AztecMBB-UNLV Postgame Notes

Feb. 16, 2013

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San Diego State Postgame Notes

Final Score: No. rv/rv UNLV 72, No. rv/22 San Diego State 70
Records: San Diego State 18-7 overall; 6-5 MW; UNLV 19-7 overall; 6-5 MW
Next Game: Tuesday, Feb. 19 | vs. Wyoming | Viejas Arena | 7 p.m. PT | Time Warner Cable SportsNet

Team Notes

  • This marked the fourth time in the last five games in the San Diego State-UNLV series that the game has been decided by exactly two points. The teams have split those four games.
  • With a two-point loss today, San Diego State has now suffered a one-point (vs. No. 3/3 Arizona), a two-point (at UNLV) and a three-point loss (at Air Force) this season. The Aztecs are 2-3 in games decided by two points or less this season.
  • The Aztecs entered today with the nation's best record in games decided by six points or less or in overtime since the beginning of the 2010-11 campaign. With today's game, SDSU is now 25-7 in such contests during that time frame.
  • San Diego State played 37 minutes of the game without starting guard James Rahon, who left the contest with a right should sprain. In conference play, SDSU has persevered through injuries to junior guard Xavier Thames (lower back sprain - missed four games), senior guard Chase Tapley (right wrist sprain, played well less than 100 percent in three conference games) and now Rahon.
  • San Diego State led at intermission and tonight's loss snaps a 30-game winning streak when leading at the break. The last such loss was Creighton (11-30-11).
  • San Diego State held UNLV to 39.7 percent shooting from the field. It marks the 17th time this season the Aztecs have held their opponent to 40 percent or less. The Aztecs are now 15-2 in those contests this year with the other loss coming to No. 3/3 Arizona, 68-67, on Dec. 25.
  • Despite the loss, San Diego State is 25-9 in its last 34 road games and 28-5 in its last 33 road games vs unranked teams.
  • In six of the last seven road conference games, San Diego State has held the home team to 42.9 percent shooting or less from the field.
  • Tonight was the 14th sellout crowd San Diego State has performed in front of and a season-long fourth in a row. The Aztecs are now 11-3 in front of sold-out arenas this year.
  • The Aztecs have won nine of the last 13 games overall with the Runnin' Rebels.

    Program Notes

  • San Diego State has won a nation-best 104 football and men's basketball games since the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year.
  • San Diego State is a Mountain West Conference best 32-11 in Mountain West Conference regular-season games since March 3, 2010. That is four more victories than any other team during that time frame.
  • San Diego State is 30-11 in Mountain West Conference regular-season games since the beginning of the 2010-11 season. That is three games better than any other current member of the conference.

    Individual Notes

    Chase Tapley (22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals)
    Scored a game-high 22 points... It is his third 20-point game of the season and the 14th of his career... Recahed double figures for the second straight game, 16th time this season and the 73rd time in his career... Led the Aztecs in scoring for the eighth time this season and the 28th time in his career... He has led SDSU in scoring in each of the past two games...Made four three-point field goals and now has multiple treys in three consecutive games (9-17, 52.9 percent)... Had three steals for the second consecutive game and recorded a season-high three steals for a fifth time... Went over the 1,400 point mark for his career (now has 1,410), that is the fifth highest total in school history trailing only Brandon Heath, Michael Cage, Anthony Watson and Tony Pinkins...Became the fifth Aztec player to play in 125 career games tonight, joining, D.J. Gay, Billy White, Richie Williams and Brandon Heath).

    JJ O'Brien (15 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists)
    Registered his second double-double of the season and fourth of his career... Reached double figures in scoring for the sixth time in the last seven games (10.7 ppg)... Established a season high in scoring in the first half alone and ended the game with 15 points, his highest output since scoring 18 points against New Mexico (1-19-11) as a member of Utah... Made his first three-point field goal of the season and first trey since Jan. 29, 2011... He had missed his last 10 three-point field goal attempts... Led the team in rebounding for the fifth time this season and led the team in assists for the fifth time this season... His seven field goals made are a season best and match his career high set against New Mexico (1-19-11).

    Jamaal Franklin (11 points, 5 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists)
    Reached double figures in scoring for the 44th time in his last 45 outings... He has 23 double-digit scoring games this season and 53 in his career... Posted a season high five steals... Had multiple assists for the 20th time this season and 33rd time in his career... Now has 1,027 career points and passed Leonard Allen for 24th place on the school's all-time list.

    Skylar Spencer (2 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocked shots)
    Blocked three shots, one off of his career high... Has three or mnore blocks eight times this season, including three times in the last four games (11 total)... With 39 blocks, Spencer is now six behind the school freshman class record set by Leonard Allen (45 in 1982)... Has multiple rebounds in a career-best 10 straight games.

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