No. 10 #AztecMBB Welcomes UNM to Viejas on Senior Night
March 7, 2014
SAN DIEGO -Xavier Thames and Josh Davis, Looks To Claim Record Eighth Mountain West Championship In Home Finale Saturday Night
San Diego State looks to become the first program to win eight Mountain West men's basketball championships and Steve Fisher looks to add to his record of seven MW titles on Saturday night when the two teams tied atop the conference standings, No. 10/10 Aztecs (26-3 overall; 15-2 MW) and No. 21/21 New Mexico (24-5; 15-2 MW) meet in the regular-season finale.
SDSU's home finale, in which it will honor seniors Xavier Thames and Josh Davis prior to tip-off, is scheduled for a 7 p.m. PT start, 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. Saturday will mark the 38th consecutive regular-season sellout for the Aztecs at Viejas Arena.
Counting regular-season and tournament championships, this will mark the ninth straight Mountain West men's basketball title that will be claimed or shared by either San Diego State or New Mexico. Steve Fisher is the only active Mountain West coach to have won an MW title. He has been the head coach for all seven of the Aztecs' Mountain West titles, which is a league record.
On Wednesday, San Diego State claimed its school-record 15th conference victory of the season with a 73-64 decision at UNLV. The Aztecs overcame a five-point second-half deficit and ended the game on a 12-2 run to complete a season sweep of the Rebels. Thames, an All-America candidate, scored a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds and a game-high six assists in 34 turnover-free minutes. Redshirt freshman Matt Shrigley connected on 4-of-5 three-point field goals en route to 14 points off the bench. Sophomore forward Winston Shepard had 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 32 minutes for his fourth straight double-digit scoring game. Junior forward Dwayne Polee II added 13 points in 23 minutes of action.
The victory improved the Aztecs to 12-2 away from home this season, and extended SDSU's win streak to 32 when owning a better field-goal percentage (Aztecs 42.9, Rebels 38.5) and to 19 games when holding an opponent to 40 percent or less from the floor. The Aztecs also improved to 20-0 this season when shooting at least 38.0 percent from the field.
San Diego State is looking to claim its fourth Mountain West regular-season title, having won it in 2006, 2011 (shared with Brigham Young) and 2012 (shared with New Mexico). In the Division I era, SDSU owns five regular-season championships, having shared a pair of Pacific Coast Athletic Association championships in 1977 and 1978.