#AztecMBB Finishes Homestand Saturday vs. Nevada
Feb. 21, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State (19-7; 7-5 Mountain West) looks to extend its school-record streak of 20-win seasons to eight on Saturday when the Aztecs play host to Nevada (12-13 overall; 3-8 MW) Saturday at Viejas Arena. Game time is set for 3 p.m. PT and the game will be shown nationally on NBC Sports Network, with radio coverage on KOGO AM 600 and 101 KGB.
San Diego State appears to be playing its best basketball of the season, posting a 5-3 record in its last eight games, with four victories by 21 or more points and losses during that stretch being a one-point loss at Air Force (11-2 at home, Aztecs played the game without Xavier Thames (lower back sprain) and with Chase Tapley (right wrist sprain) wearing a brace that impacted his shooting)), a six-point loss at Colorado State (14-0 at home, SDSU led with less than 90 seconds to play), and a two-point loss at UNLV (15-1 at home, SDSU had the game's final possession and ended the game on a 10-2 run and played the final 37 minutes of the game without James Rahon (shoulder sprain)).
On Tuesday, the Aztecs snapped a brief two-game losing streak with a dominant 79-51 victory over Wyoming at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs used a 23-1 run midway through the first half and cruised to a 28-point victory. San Diego State set a MW school record for field-goal percentage and posted its highest field-goal percentage in more than six years, connecting on 68.2 percent from the floor. The Aztecs also owned 35-16 rebound advantage, the highest rebound margin of the season and the fifth largest for SDSU in a Mountain West game. The 28-point margin of victory was also the fifth largest for the Aztecs in a Mountain West contest.
Junior All-America candidate Jamaal Franklin scored 20 points, on just seven field-goal attempts, and had seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Dwayne Polee II matched a career-high with 16 points (6-8 FG) and freshman forward Winston Shepard had 12 points and three assists. Sophomore JJ O'Brien, meanwhile, reached double figures for the seventh time in eight games with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.