No. 24/23 #AztecMBB-McNeese State Set For Saturday Night
Dec. 19, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
No. 24/23 San Diego State continues its longest homestand of the season on Saturday when McNeese State heads to Montezuma Mesa in what amounts to the Aztecs' final home game before breaking for the holidays. Tip time is set for 7:04 p.m. PT and the game will air live on 4SD. The tilt will also stream online via the Mountain West Network and be heard on The Mighty 1090 and 105.7 The Walrus with Jack Cronin.
SDSU showed no signs of rust after taking 10 days off for final exams in its game vs. Southern Utah on Wednesday. The Aztecs raced to leads of 11-0, 21-2 and 37-4, before ultimately allowing 11 first-half points en route to a 41-11 halftime advantage. The 11 points were the fewest SDSU had given up in a half reaching back to the 1996-97 season (records prior to that are unavailable) and the second-fewest allowed in a half in NCAA Division I this season. Ultimately, San Diego State went on to post the 76-39 victory and shot 50.0 percent in both the first and second halves. Defensively, The Aztecs held the Thunderbirds to a 3-for-18 shooting performance in the first 20 minutes and 28.6 percent for the game.
Individually, senior guard Xavier Thames led the Aztecs with 16 points, four assists and zero turnovers in 20 minutes, which gives his 10 assists and one miscue over his last two games. Entering the McNeese State game, Thames has played 62 minutes, 19 consecutive seconds of turnover-free ball and is the only player in the nation (through Dec. 18 games) to average at least 17.0 points and shoot at least 52.0 percent from behind the arc with a minimum 20 three-point makes.
Senior forward Josh Davis, meanwhile, notched his 34th career double-double with 13 points and a game-high 14 boards. His 34th double-double is the second-highest total among active players in Division I. Over his last four games, the Raleigh, N.C., native is averaging 12.5 rebounds and is now averaging 10.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Aqeel Quinn came off the bench and had his best game as an Aztec with 14 points and a career-high seven rebounds in 26 minutes. In all, 13 Aztecs saw action with 11 scoring at least one point, including four walk-ons, three of which were making their SDSU debut.
Following the game, San Diego State will be off until Dec. 27, when it plays host to St. Katherine College, which is located in nearby Encinitas. The final contest of 2013 is set for 7 p.m. PT will air live on FOX Sports San Diego.