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No. 21/T19 #AztecMBB at CSU for New Year's Day Tilt

San Diego State opens Mountain West action on Wednesday at Colorado State.
San Diego State opens Mountain West action on Wednesday at Colorado State.

Dec. 30, 2013


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No. 21/T19 #AztecMBB Looks to Extend Winning Streak to Double Digits and Puts Six-Game MW Opener Win Streak on the Line at Colorado State

San Diego State (10-1) looks for just its fifth win streak of 10 games or more in 93 seasons when the Aztecs travel to Fort Collins, Colo., to open Mountain West play against Colorado State (9-4) on Wednesday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m. MT (6 p.m. PT), with national television coverage on CBS Sports Network and radio coverage on The Mighty 1090 and 105.7 The Walrus.

The Aztecs ran their win streak to nine games with a dominating 118-35 victory over St. Katherine College. The Aztecs led wire-to-wire, setting a school Division I era record for margin of victory (83 points), and had six players scored in double figures. Sophomore forward Winston Shepard scored a game-high 21 points while adding eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in 19 minutes. Junior forward Dwayne Polee II, meanwhile, posted his first career double-double with 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in just 20 minutes.

The Aztecs shot 61.4 percent from the floor, had a 57-32 rebound advantage and held St. Katherine to 22.1-percent field-goal shooting, while forcing 22 turnovers.

San Diego State has now held three consecutive opponents to less than 40 points, becoming the first NCAA Division I team to do that since Oregon State in 2000.

A win over the Rams would extend San Diego State's win streak to 10 games, marking just the fifth double-digit win streak in the history of the program. Of the four previous 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.

San Diego State will also look to extend a six-game win streak in conference-opening games. It is the longest active streak in the Mountain West and is tied for the eighth-longest active streak in the country.

The CSU game marks the first of three games in eight days in three different time zones against teams that advanced to the 2013 NCAA tournament. On Sunday, Jan. 5, SDSU will travel to No. 16/17 Kansas, which has won 10 straight home games (through Dec. 29). SDSU closes out the stretch with the Boise State at home on Wednesday, Jan. 8.