No. 20/20 #AztecMBB Closes 2013 vs. St. Katherine College
Dec. 23, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
No. 20/20 San Diego State (9-1) looks to win its ninth game in a row on Friday when the Aztecs play host to St. Katherine College at Viejas Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. PT, with television coverage on FOX Sports San Diego and radio coverage on The Mighty 1090 and 105.7 The Walrus.
The Aztecs won their eighth straight game on Saturday night, shaking off a sluggish offensive start to defeat McNeese State, 65-36. The Aztecs limited the Cowboys to 36 points, 23.1-percent field-goal shooting and 2-of-18 shooting from beyond the arc. The Aztecs led 21-18 at intermission and trailed, 25-23, early in the second half. SDSU responded with the next 13 points and outscored McNeese State, 42-11, over the last 15:02 of the contest.
The Aztecs had four players reach double figures led by sophomore forward Winston Shepard's 14 points. Senior forward Josh Davis posted his 35th career double-double with 12 points and a career-best-tying best 17 rebounds.
A win Friday would extend San Diego State's win streak to nine games, putting it on the verge of just the fifth double-digit win streak in the history of the program. Of the four previous double-digit winning streaks, three have come this decade, 20 games (2010-11), 11 (2012-13) and 11 (2011-12). The other win streak was 13 games in 1955-56.
There are other notable win streaks on the line Friday. The Aztecs have won 47 straight games against unranked non-conference opponents, 44 in a row at home vs. unranked non-league foes, 36 straight vs. schools from California, 27 in a row in the month of December vs. unranked squads, 20 straight home games against unranked opponents regardless of the month, and 11 consecutive December home games.
San Diego State's schedule will take a very challenging turn in the near future. Following Friday's game, the Aztecs will face three consecutive NCAA tournament teams from last season, starting with the Mountain West opener at Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Then on Sunday, Jan. 5, SDSU will travel to No. 16/16 Kansas, which has won 10 straight home games. SDSU closes out the stretch with the Boise State at home on Wednesday, Jan. 8.