No. 10 #AztecMBB Heads to Thomas & Mack to Face UNLV
March 4, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
Having secured the fifth season with at least 25 wins in school history, all of which have under the direction of head coach Steve Fisher, No. 10/10 San Diego State (25-3; 14-2 MW) looks to break the single-season school record for conference victories on Wednesday when the Aztecs travel to Las Vegas to face third-place UNLV (19-10; 10-6 MW).
SDSU, currently tied with New Mexico for first place, will face the Rebels in a game scheduled for 8 p.m. PT, with the contest available to a national audience on CBS Sports Network. The game can also be heard in southern California on The Mighty 1090 and 105.7 The Walrus.
San Diego State tied the school record for conference victories (14), won its 41st consecutive game against teams from the state of California and ran its Pacific time zone win streak to 12 (second nationally behind Duke - 16), with an 82-67 victory at Fresno State. The Aztecs led the final 29:42 of the game, the final 14:33 by double figures and built a 19-point advantage in claiming their eighth straight victory over a Bulldog team that had won seven of their last eight games entering the contest.
San Diego State shot 60.0 percent from the field and connected on 9-of-15 three-point field-goal attempts in the game. Senior All-America candidate Xavier Thames scored a game-high 22 points (7-12 FGs, 3-4 3FGs) and added a game-high-tying six rebounds. Junior guard Aqeel Quinn came off the bench to match his career high with 17 points (6-7 FGs, 4-5 3FGs) and tied for game-high honors with six boards. Sophomore forward Winston Shepard tallied 13 points and a game-high four assists, while matching a career-best with 14 free-throw attempts.
The Aztecs' victory extended several lengthy situational win streaks, including 45 straight games when shooting 50 percent or better from the field, 31 straight games when owning a better field-goal percentage than its opponent, 21 straight games when leading at the half and 115 straight games when leading with five minutes to play.
San Diego State now embarks on what could be the most difficult two-game stretch in the country this week. The Aztecs play at a UNLV team that has won four of its last six games and eight of its last 11. The Rebels claimed a 93-67 victory at Air Force over the weekend.
Although SDSU has lost its last two games to UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Aztecs are 3-2 in their last five road games at UNLV and 5-3 in their last eight road visits at UNLV. In addition, San Diego State claimed both the 2010 and 2011 Mountain West titles in the venue. All told, that gives SDSU a rather impressive 10-4 record in the venue since the 2010 league tournament.
Following the game, the Aztecs return home to face co-Mountain West leader, New Mexico, in the home finale. Prior to the game, the Aztecs will honor seniors Xavier Thames and Josh Davis in pregame ceremonies. UNM, currently ranked 21st in both of the major polls, enters the week having won five consecutive games and 11 of its last 12.