#AztecMBB to Face No. 14 UNM at The Pit Wednesday
Feb. 25, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
Having secured its Mountain West-best eighth consecutive 20-win season, San Diego State (20-7; 8-5 MW) looks to continue its best play of the season on Wednesday night at No. 14/14 New Mexico. Game time is set for 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT and the game will be shown nationally on CBS Sports Network, with radio coverage on KOGO AM 600 and 101 KGB.
The Aztecs, winners of two straight and six of their last nine games, own college basketball's fifth-best scoring margin (+10.6) among major conferences (includes ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and MW) and best in the Mountain West since Jan. 23. During that span, SDSU is 6-3, with four victories by at least 21 points, a fifth win by 13 and a three-point loss at Air Force (without Xavier Thames (lower back sprain) and Chase Tapley playing with a restrictive wrist brace on his shooting hand), a six-point loss at Colorado State (Aztecs led with less than 90 seconds to play) and a two-point loss at UNLV (played the final 37 minutes of the game without James Rahon (right shoulder sprain)).
On Saturday, the Aztecs continued their recent strong play, posting an 88-75 victory over Nevada. The Aztecs led the final 35:37 of the contest and built their advantage to 22 points midway through the second half before settling for the 13-point win. A season-high six players reached double figures for the Aztecs, led by junior All-America candidate Jamaal Franklin. A guard, Franklin had 23 points on just 12 field-goal attempts, a game-high 12 rebounds and five assists to record his 10th double-double of the season and the 22nd of his career. Senior Chase Tapley connected on three treys en route to 17 points. Sophomore JJ O'Brien, meanwhile, added 14 points, six rebounds and a career-high seven assists.
San Diego State shot 58.2 percent from the field against the Wolf Pack. The Aztecs are now shooting 62.6 percent (62-99) from the field over its last two games and 43.9 percent (43-98) from three-point range in their last six outings.
SDSU is looking for its third victory of the season over a nationally ranked team at game time, having already recorded wins over UCLA (78-69 on Dec. 1) and New Mexico (55-34 on Jan. 26).