No. 5 #AztecMBB Looks for 20th Straight Win Saturday
Feb. 7, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
No. 5/5 #AztecMBB Looks To Match School-Record Win Streak On Saturday When It Meets Nevada In Mountain West Showdown
Having set a new school record for consecutive conference victories (nine) and extending the school record for most consecutive 20-win seasons (nine), No. 5/5 San Diego State (20-1; 9-0 Mountain West) returns home to face Nevada (12-11; 7-3 MW) in a showdown of two of the top three teams in the Mountain West.
The only scheduled meeting between the Aztecs and Wolf Pack is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Saturday. There is no television coverage, but is available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Radio coverage will be handled by The Mighty 1090 and 105.7 The Walrus.
San Diego State will be looking to extend a number of winning streaks, including a 19-game overall winning streak (2nd-longest in school history, 3rd-longest streak nationally through Thursday's games) and a nine-game conference winning streak (school record; T-6th nationally).
The Aztecs won their 10th consecutive road/neutral game, tied for longest active streak in the nation (through Thursday's games), on Wednesday with a dramatic 67-65 victory at Boise State. SDSU rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit, matching the largest second-half comeback in the last 18 seasons. SDSU shot a blistering 58.5 percent from the field and converted 5-of-8 from bonus distance. All-America candidate Xavier Thames cleared the 20-point plateau for the third consecutive game for the first time in his career with a game-high 23 points. Senior forward Josh Davis, who was limited due to a bruise inside his right knee, added 10 points and five rebounds.
The Aztecs used a 15-0 run midway through the second half, holding the Broncos without a point for more than seven minutes, to get back in the game. Trailing by one point in the closing seconds, Thames drove the lane and kicked to a wide open Dwayne Polee II who buried a trey with 4.2 seconds remaining to lift SDSU to the win.
Prior to Saturday's tip, Steve Fisher will be presented with the game ball from his 300th victory at the school, which occurred last Saturday at home against Colorado State.
Additionally, Thames is 19 points shy of becoming the 29th player in school history to accumulate 1,000 career points. The senior, who has 1,123 points in his career, has compiled 981 in his three seasons at San Diego State.