No. 10/11 #AztecMBB Ready for UNLV on Saturday
Jan. 17, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
No. 10/11 San Diego State (15-1; 4-0 MW), owners of the nation's fourth-longest win streak, concludes a quick two-game homestand with a contest against long-time league foe UNLV (11-6; 2-2 MW) Saturday afternoon at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl.
For the 32nd consecutive regular-season home game, the Aztecs will play in front of a sold-out crowd. Game time is set for 3 p.m. PT with CBS Sports Network showing the game to a national audience. The Mighty 1090 will have radio coverage in the San Diego market.
Just 15 days into the conference season, San Diego State is the only remaining Mountain West team without a league loss, following the Aztecs' 68-60 victory over Fresno State and UNLV's 76-73 win over previously conference unbeaten and preseason MW favorite New Mexico.
The Aztecs extended the second-longest win streak in school history to 14 games following an eight-point home win over the Bulldogs. San Diego State trailed by eight points in the first half and by a point at intermission, but utilized a 12-2 run midway through the second half to take control of the game.
Senior point guard Xavier Thames scored a game-high 28 points and did not have a turnover in 34 minutes of action. Sophomore forward Winston Shepard added 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. Senior forward Josh Davis, meanwhile, extended his double-digit rebound streak to 10, which is the longest in the nation, with a game-high 13 boards.
The Aztecs won the game despite shooting just 33.3 percent from the field and being outrebounded (38-37) for just the fourth time this season. San Diego State, however, limited Fresno State to 38.2 percent shooting and committed just four turnovers to match the school-record for fewest turnovers against a Division I opponent in school history.
The Aztecs, who are 23-1 in their last 24 home games against teams outside the top 25, are playing consecutive games in the same time zone for the first time since Dec. 21 and 27. In the last six games, the Aztecs have not played two straight games in the same time zone (three Pacific, two Mountain, one Central). After its game vs. UNLV, San Diego State will hit the road for a pair of games next week, facing San José State on Wednesday and Utah State on Saturday.