No. 13/15 San Diego State Welcomes New Mexico to Montezuma Mesa
No. 13/15 San Diego State looks to avoid its first losing streak of the season on Wednesday night as New Mexico is slated to pay Viejas Arena a visit. The Aztecs sit atop the Mountain West rankings at 6-2 in league play along with the Lobos, who are receiving votes in both top-25 polls, and No. 11 UNLV.
SDSU has won its last 11 games following a loss and has not suffered back-to-back defeats since January of 2010. The Aztecs have gone 79 games without suffering consecutive losses, which is the fifth-longest stretch nationally, trailing Kansas, Duke, Temple and Ohio State.
San Diego State owns the nation's second highest winning percentage since the beginning of the 2010-11 season. During that span, the Aztecs are 54-7 (88.5 pct.), trailing only Ohio State is 55-7 (88.7 pct.).
San Diego State is looking to sweep the season series for the fourth time in the last seven years. Prior to Steve Fisher's arrival, the Aztecs had swept the season series with the Lobos just three times (1982, 1983, 1984) in the 18 seasons in which the schools played twice. In the first meeting, SDSU trailed 10-0 to start the game and stared at a 31-30 halftime deficit before rallying to win, 75-70, at The Pit.
Sophomore Jamaal Franklin is the only player in the Mountain West to rank in the top three in both scoring and rebounding for all games (16.0 ppg - 1st; 7.3 rpg - 3rd) and conference games only (17.6 ppg - 1st; 9.1 rpg - T-3rd). He has also reached double figures in scoring in a career-high 12 straight games and has seven double-doubles in his last 11 games.
Junior Chase Tapley is first in the league in scoring (16.2) and in steals (2.00). Tapley has already surpassed his scoring total from both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. He has reached double figures in scoring in a career-high 18 straight games and is coming off a 22-point effort, including 16 in the final 14:42, at nationally ranked UNLV on Saturday.
The Aztecs have gone 41 consecutive games without allowing an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better from the field, a streak that dates back to last season. In eight conference games, SDSU opponents are shooting 39.6 percent from the field.
Sophomore guard Xavier Thames scored 22 points and added four assists in SDSU's 75-70 victory at New Mexico last month.