No. 5 #AztecMBB Plays Host to Air Force on Saturday
Feb. 14, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
After suffering its first defeat in 89 days, No. 5/5 San Diego State (21-2; 10-1 Mountain West) returns home to open a two-game homestand against Air Force (10-13; 4-8 MW) on Saturday afternoon at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl.
Game time for the 72nd all-time meeting between the Aztecs and Falcons is set for 5 p.m. PT, with national television coverage on CBS Sports Network. Radio coverage is provided by The Mighty 1090.
San Diego State's school-record tying 20-game win streak came to an end Tuesday night in Laramie, Wyo., with Wyoming claiming a 68-62 victory. SDSU trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, but used a late frantic rally to pull within four points on two occasions and a had an attempt at a layup that would have pulled the Scarlet and Black to within three points. SDSU had a 38-25 rebound advantage and owned a 26-2 lead in second-chance points, but could not overcome 37.9-percent shooting from the floor, while the Cowboys converted on 57.9 percent from the field (a high for an SDSU opponent this season).
For the first time in his career, junior forward Dwayne Polee II led the Aztecs in scoring with 15 points, connecting on three three-point field goals. Senior All-America candidate Xavier Thames, a two-time national player of the week and a three-time Mountain West player of the week, added 13 points and had no turnovers as he became the 29th player in school history to score 1,000 points (has 1,153 career points). In all, five SDSU players reached double figures.
The loss also snapped a school-record 10-game conference win streak and a 10-game road/neutral win streak (second longest in school history).
SDSU is looking to bounce back from a loss with a win for the seventh consecutive time. San Diego State has gone 33 games without dropping consecutive contests and has not lost back-to-back games since dropping consecutive outings at No. 24/24 Colorado State and at UNLV on Feb. 13 and 16, 2013, respectively.
San Diego State concludes its brief two-game homestand next Tuesday when the Aztecs play host to Utah State. The Aztecs defeated the Aggies in the first meeting of the season, 74-69 in overtime, in Logan, Utah.