No. 6/7 #AztecMBB, Utah State to Tangle Tuesday
Feb. 17, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
Winners of 21 of its last 22 games overall and 11 consecutive home games (eighth-longest streak in school history), No. 6/7 San Diego State (22-2 overall; 11-1 Mountain West) concludes a brief two-game homestand against one of the hottest teams in the Mountain West on Tuesday when the Aztecs face a Utah State (15-10 overall; 5-8 MW) squad which has won three of its last four games.
Game time for the Aggies first visit to Viejas Arena since Nov. 24, 1998, is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT, with the game being seen on national television on ESPNU. The contest can be heard in southern California on The Mighty 1090 and 105.7 The Walrus.
San Diego State responded from its first loss in 89 days with a 64-56 victory over Air Force at Viejas Arena on Saturday. The Aztecs never trailed in the second half and built a 13-point advantage before settling for the eight-point victory. Sophomore forward Winston Shepard led the way with 16 points, nine rebounds and two assists, while All-America candidate Xavier Thames added 13 points and a team-high four assists in 35 turnover-free minutes. Junior forward Dwayne Polee II came off the bench to add 13 points and five rebounds, marking consecutive double-digit scoring games for the first time since the first two games of his career while at St. John's.
San Diego State flexed its muscle on the defensive end once again, limiting the Falcons to 37.5-percent shooting from the field, while blocking nine shots and committing a mere 14 personal fouls. The Aztecs won for the 28th consecutive time when owning a better field-goal percentage than its opponent and for the 16th straight time when holding an opponent to 40-percent-or-less shooting. SDSU extended its winning streak to 112 games when leading with five minutes to play in the game.
The midweek loss last week at Wyoming dropped San Diego State one position in the AP poll and two positions in the USA Today poll this week. Nonetheless, the Aztecs are spending their sixth consecutive week in the nation's AP top 10 and an 12th straight week in the AP Top 25.
Utah State enters the game with a 15-10 overall record and the Aggies have won three of their last four games. The Aggies posted consecutive victories over Nevada, Boise State and Colorado State, before dropping a 73-62 decision at UNLV on Saturday.
On Saturday, San Diego State travels to Albuquerque, to face New Mexico in a matchup of the top-two teams in the league.