#AztecMBB Closes Regular Season at Boise State Saturday
March 8, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State (21-8; 9-6 Mountain West), which owns a 22-6 record in games played in March since 2009, looks to claim its Mountain West fifth consecutive season with double-digit conference victories on Saturday when the Aztecs face Boise State (20-9; 8-7 MW) to conclude the regular season. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. MT (12:30 p.m. PT) and will be televised by NBC Sports Network, with radio coverage on KOGO AM 600 and 101 KGB.
San Diego State ran its home win streak to six games and improved to 64-5 in its last 69 home games with a 58-51 decision over Air Force on Wednesday night. It marked the eighth consecutive victory for the Aztecs on Senior Day. Four SDSU players reached double figures, led by junior All-America candidate Jamaal Franklin tallied a game-high tying 12 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and a game-high tying four assists. Sophomore forward JJ O'Brien added 12 points to record his personal best sixth straight double-figure scoring game.
For the sixth time this conference team San Diego State won a game in which it did not trail in the second half. The Aztecs limited the Falcons to 33.3 percent shooting from the field, owned a 45-32 advantage on the glass and committed just eight turnovers in the game. SDSU owned a 13-0 advantage in second chance points in the contest.
San Diego State's difficult second-half conference schedule comes to an end on Saturday. In the back half of league play, the Aztecs have had to travel to Colorado State (15-1 at home), UNLV (17-1), New Mexico (15-1) and now Boise State (13-1). Those four teams are a collective 60-4 at home this season.
Since Jan. 23, the Aztecs are 7-4, 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 strain) and Tapley playing with a restrictive wrist brace on his shooting hand), a six-point loss at CSU (Aztecs led with less than 90 seconds), a two-point loss at UNLV (played the final 37 minutes without Rahon (right shoulder sprain)) and a loss at New Mexico (in which SDSU trailed by five and missed a three down six with four minutes to play).