No. 13/15 #AztecMBB Faces Boise State Wednesday
Jan. 6, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
No. 13/15 San Diego State is poised to complete stretch of three games in eight days in three different time zones on Wednesday when 2013 NCAA tournament participant Boise State heads to Montezuma Mesa. Tip time is set for 8:05 p.m. PT with the game airing live nationally on ESPNU. Ted Leitner will have the call on radio on The Mighty 1090 and 105.7 The Walrus.
The Aztecs vaulted up the top-25 rankings this week up eight spots to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and up three slots to 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll after they beat Colorado State on the road in the Mountain West opener on Jan. 1 and No. 16/17 Kansas inside Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday. With the pair of victories, San Diego State ran its winning streak to 11 games.
In its 61-57 victory over the Jayhawks, SDSU limited Kansas to 29.8-percent shooting from the floor, its worst performance since Dec. 1, 1998, and held it to its lowest scoring output at home since Jan. 14, 2006. Add to the fact the Aztecs outrebounded KU, 51-39, and one can see how San Diego State snapped Kansas' 68-game winning streak vs. non-conference opponents at Allen Fieldhouse.
SDSU was led by senior guard Xavier Thames, who scored 16 points and made all four of his free-throw attempts in the final eight seconds to seal the win. For his performance, which also saw him post a game-high 23 points and a career-high five steals at CSU, Thames was named the MW Player of the Week and the national player of the week by ESPN.com's Andy Katz.
Senior forward Josh Davis also enjoyed a fantastic game as he turned in his fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. The transfer from Tulane now has at least 14 rebounds in four straight games (15.0 rpg).
Davis' frontcourt mates were solid in a winning effort. Sophomore forward Skylar Spencer produced one of the best games of his career with a personal-best 13 points, season-high nine rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. Junior forward JJ O'Brien, meanwhile, added a season-high nine boards and seven points in his first game without a heavily bandaged right hand, which was injured in the Creighton game.
Following its date with Boise State, San Diego State will hit the road once again, this time visiting the co-Mountain West leaders, the Air Force Academy (8-5; 2-0 MW), for a Sunday afternoon tilt.