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SDSU-Marquette Postgame Notes

Dec. 1, 2013

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San Diego State Postgame Notes vs. No. 25/rv Marquette

Final Score: San Diego State 67, No. 25/rv Marquette 59
Records: San Diego State (5-1), No. 25/rv Marquette (5-3)
Next Game: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 | at San Diego | 8 p.m. PT | FOX Sports San Diego

SDSU vs. the Nationally Ranked Notes
• The Aztecs join Villanova as the only schools to defeat two AP Top-25 teams this season.
• For the first time in program history, SDSU beat AP Top-25 in consecutive games.
• This is the earliest SDSU has beaten two nationally ranked teams. In 2010-11, the Aztecs had beaten two ranked teams by Dec. 4.
• San Diego State defeats its 12th nationally ranked opponent since January, 2010.
• SDSU improves to 14-16 in its last 30 games vs. AP-ranked teams after going 10-73 in its first 83 meetings vs. teams in the AP Top 25.

Tournament Tidbits
• San Diego State defeats three teams in four days that combined to win 78 games last season to capture the inaugural DIRECTV Wooden Legacy.
• Senior point guard Xavier Thames earned most outstanding player honors, averaging 21.3 points per game and making 18 three-point field goals.
• Senior forward Josh Davis was named to the all-tournament team after pulling down a tournament high 8.7 rebounds per game.
• San Diego State has posted an unblemished record in six of its last eight exempt events.
• SDSU improves to 26-3 in exempt events since the start of the 2005-06 season.
• Since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, SDSU is now 12-1 in exempt events.
• The Aztecs improve to 15-1 in exempt events that have taken place in the state of California.

Big East/Series Notes
• The Aztecs win consecutive games vs. Big East schools for the first time in program history.
• SDSU improves to 2-8 all-time vs. members of the Big East (at game time) after wins over No. 20/18 Creighton and No. 25/rv Marquette in the final two games of the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy.
• San Diego State improves 3-15 all-time against current members of the Big East.
• The Aztecs beat the preseason Big East favorites for the first time in four tries (1-3).
Steve Fisher improves to 3-0 all-time vs. Marquette.

Team Notes
• SDSU improves to 5-1 for the third time in as many seasons.
• San Diego State improves to 25-1 in its last 26 December games and is now 29-2 in December since the start of the 2009-10 campaign.
• The Aztecs have beaten two nationally ranked teams on Dec. 1 and inside Honda Center two years in a row. SDSU beat UCLA in 2012 at the Wooden Classic.

Game Notes
• The Aztecs have won 97 in a row when leading with five minutes to play.
• SDSU improved to 39-2 in its last 41 when leading at halftime. The Aztecs enjoyed a 40-30 lead at intermission.
• San Diego State connected on 17 of 23 free throws tonight (73.9 percent) and made 43 of 54 free throws (79.6 percent) in its victories over No. 20/18 Creighton and No. 25/rv Marquette.
• San Diego State shot 36.8 percent from the field but still managed to win. It is the 36th time in the Steve Fisher era that the Aztecs have won a game in which it has shot 40 percent or lower from the field.
• The Aztecs had lost nine straight games to AP Top 25 teams when shooting 40 percent or lower from field dating back to a 64-62 victory over No. 25 Brigham Young on March 13, 2009.
• For the fourth time this season the Aztecs held an opponent to less than 60 points (Marquette had 59). San Diego State has won 10 straight games when holding the opponent to less than 60 and is 63-2 in the last 65 occurrences.
• San Diego State is now 25-1 in their last 26 games played during the month of December.

Player Notes

Xavier Thames (career-high 29 points, 5-6 3FGs, 8-9 FTs, game-high 36 minutes)
• Named the most outstanding player of the event (team-high 21.3 ppg, 11-15 3FGs (73.3 pct.), 17-21 FTs (81.0 pct), 3.0 rpg)
• Posted a new career high in points for the second time in as many games, totaling a game-high 29 tonight. Only one other player on either team reached double figures.
• Connected on 5-of-6 three-point field goal attempt which is the second highest percentage in school history (minimum five makes). He also made 5-of-6 attempts from long range against UCLA on Dec. 1, 2012. He joins Brandon Heath as the only players in school history to make at least 83.3 percent of his three-point attempts (min. 5 makes) in two different games.

Josh Davis (eight points, 11 rebounds)
• Named to the all-tournament team (7.0, tournament-high 8.7 rpg)
• Recorded a game-high 11 rebounds, marking the second time this season and the 41st time in his career that he has reached double-figures in the rebound category.