No. 13/15 #AztecMBB Takes Winning Streak to AFA Sunday
Jan. 10, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
With the third-longest win streak in 93 Aztec basketball seasons and the nation's sixth-longest active win streak in tow, No. 13/15 San Diego State (13-1, 2-0 Mountain West), winners of 12 consecutive games, travels back to the Mountain Time Zone for the second time this month to face Air Force (8-6, 2-1 MW) on Sunday afternoon. Game time is set for 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT) and can be heard on The Mighty 1090. Although there is no television coverage, the game can be seen on ESPN3 via the Internet (a link to the game can be found on GoAztecs.com).
On Wednesday, the Aztecs led for 38:22, but needed a defensive stand in the closing seconds to seal a 69-66 victory over Boise State at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs, who now own five victories over teams that advanced to the 2013 NCAA tournament, led by as many as 18 points, had a second-half advantage of 14 points and led 62-50 with less than five minutes to play. The Broncos, however, battled back and trailed by one point with the ball in the closing moments of the game.
Senior guard Xavier Thames had 16 points, a season-high seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in 32 turnover-free minutes. Sophomore forward Winston Shepard added 16 points and three rebounds. Senior forward Josh Davis, the nation's fourth-leading rebounder, had his eighth straight double-digit rebound game, and finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and a season-high-tying three assists.
San Diego State's incredibly busy month continues this weekend with the trip to Air Force. The Aztecs are playing their fourth game of the month on Jan. 12, with all four games taking place in a different time zone than the preceding game. The Aztecs will be tested by a Falcon squad that is off to a 2-1 conference start with a home win over Utah State and a road win at UNLV. The Falcons, additionally, are 8-1 in their last nine conference home games dating back to last season.
San Diego State has won nine of the last 11 meetings against Air Force, but has lost on its last two visits to Clune Arena by a total of five points.
Sunday starts a stretch of three games in seven days for the Aztecs. SDSU returns home to face in-state foe Fresno State on Wednesday before playing host to UNLV on Saturday afternoon.